Review : Leven Rose 100% Pure & Organic Rosehip Oil

Get clear skin! Use this oil! Use this soap and your face will look flawless! Heard this before? But no one ever tells you how hard or time consuming it is to get clear skin. You know?

The Internet is a great place! Recently, I watched this influencers Instagram story where she was shedding light on the products that she uses to get rid of acne and dark spots. In the video she mentioned that she uses Rosehip oil and that it’s the reason why her dark spots went away. I then decided to hop over to Amazon and saw this one Leven Rose 100% Pure & Organic Rosehip Oil. Now, let’s discuss…

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First Impressions

The first day I used this I was really impressed that it didn’t leave my skin oily. I can’t use most of these essential oils products but this was great. I didn’t even notice that it was on my skin.

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The Good

I liked that this product was organic. I always feel better when products are natural. It gives me more confidence to purchase it. It made my face look really clean

The Bad

I used this for 2 weeks and after the first week I started breaking out. I don’t know maybe my skin is too sensitive? I didn’t see any marked results after 2 weeks. My spots didn’t go away or fade. I still have 3/4 of the bottle left.

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Conclusion

I don’t know if I should’ve used this longer but it didn’t work for me. Maybe I need a stronger formula? Maybe I should try a different brand? I don’t know. I’m going to give this 2.5 out of 5 stars. I feel like I wasted $20.

Different products work for different people. It clearly does work for some people but it just didn’t cut it for me.

 

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New Products Alert

I’m not one of those people who is always in Sephora. Well, I’m not one of those people yet, but at times, I like to try out new products. I mean, who doesn’t like trying new things? I feel like as a Beauty blogger you have to constantly try new products to keep up with the game. Today, I wanted to show you babes some of my New Products.

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I recently purchased this Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Nude Lip Collection online at Sephora when I bought my Nars concealer. I wanted to get my shopping bag to $50 so that I could get free shipping so I saw that they had this on sale soI purchased it as well. I’ve never really tried nude lip colours before but I wanted to see what they were like. I gave my best friend one of the lip glosses but Here’s what’s in the collection.

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1)Nars Orgasm Nude lip colourfullsizeoutput_17c9

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Out of everything I liked this this the most. It was as if I wasn’t wearing anything. It really blends really well. It’s not dry, it’s really hydrating. Shop it Here

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I liked the fact that this was really rich and pigmented. The only downside? It didn’t suit me at all. Wrong nude. Haha. Shop it Here

3. Hourglass Nude Lip Stylo

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I don’t typically wear lip liners but I can’t wait to try this. Shop it Here

4. Urban Decay Vice Special Effects

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I like that this glitters. I could use it as a highlighter or if I’m going to some Halloween party wear it on my lips. Shop it Here

Yes, so these are all of the new products. Some I will keep like the Nars Orgasm Nude Lip Colour and maybe I’ll give away the Smashbox cosmetics liquid pigment nude lipstick just because it doesn’t match my skin tone.

This post isn’t really a review, I just wanted to show you my new products.

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Brushes Vs Beauty Blenders

Do you use a Brush to apply your foundation or do you use a Beauty Blender? This is the question of the ages. I swear, every time I watch a Makeup Youtube tutorial, there’s always some people who hate using beauty blenders and vice versa. Or, if you watch those Vogue beauty videos, some people prefer to use their fingers (Yeah, I find that really weird). Which one do I prefer? Hmmm…….Keep reading to find out.

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When I first started getting into wearing makeup, I was all into the brushes. I would go to the Nyx Cosmetic store or my local drugstore to see what the best brushes were and so on. I lived by the code that “Brushes were the best for me”, and, no one could tell me otherwise. I had tried beauty blenders before, but I didn’t get why people were so into them. I didn’t really know how to use them either. I was like “What’s the use of this?”. So, I kept on using my brushes.

I didn’t immediately start watching Beauty Tutorials until one day my friend told me about the biggest Youtube Gurus and said ,”Ok, let me check this out”. I started watching the videos and saw the different techniques  they used to apply their makeup and saw how they used the beauty blender. I said to myself, “Oh ok, that’s how you’re supposed to use it Raceen”, haha. I then proceeded to order some from Amazon.

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After I received them in the mail, I tried to use them, but I still wasn’t satisfied, so I went back to using my brushes. Until the hair in my foundation brush started falling out. I was panicking, wondering “Omg what am I going to use now”. Then, I looked down and saw my beauty blenders and it was like a light bulb had switched on. I  then started to really learn how to use them because I really didn’t have a choice at that point. You know what I’m saying?  Now, I love them.

Below, I’ll show you my experience with the Beauty Blender Vs A Brush

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Applying my Fenty Beauty Foundation with my dampened beauty blender
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After – It looks really smooth and blended Out

The Brush……

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Applying the foundation with the brush
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After – As you can see, it looks patchy and not really blended

My conclusion? Beauty Blenders are Better! Yeah I said it! Haha.

But that’s just my personal preference.

Brushes don’t work for me anymore because it just makes my foundation look patchy and grainy.

Maybe there will be some new applicator  that’s invented  in 2030 that is even better than beauty blenders and brushes. Haha.

Using a  beauty blender makes my foundation looks so smooth. I really love it.

Here’s my entire makeup look

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Which do you prefer? Do use a Beauty Blender or a Foundation Brush? What has your experience with a beauty blender or brush been like?

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My Eyeshadow Collection

I’ve probably said this a gazillion times but I’ll say it again, “I don’t really wear eyeshadow”.  I don’t really know why. I wear foundation, lipstick basically everything else, but you will rarely, ever see me wear eyeshadow. Do I hate it? I don’t think so, I guess I’ve never really found the use for it, because I like my makeup really simple. I’m not trying to bring out my eyes OK? Haha. Recently though, I’ve been trying to step out of my comfort zone. Keep reading.

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Today, I want to show off My Eyeshadow Collection. I blog a lot and I find that wearing eyeshadow, brings out my eyes and makes my pictures stand out more. I just love the dramatics of it all. This is not a review, I’m just showing off my growing eyeshadow collection. Here it goes!

Rimmel London Magnif’Eyes Spice Edition – I recently bought this from my local drug store. I like this eyeshadow palette, because of the rustic colours. There’s a lot of red, burgundy and brown. I find that these colours look the best on me. Shop it Herefullsizeoutput_1464.jpeg

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Huda Beauty Eyeshadow and Powder – I found this in my local dollar store. YES, the dollar store sells makeup ya’ll. This is mostly glitter but I love it.I like using this for special occasions. I put on some of the red glitter for Canada day to match the flag and I felt like I really stood out. I bought 2 palettes for $4 eachfullsizeoutput_1466

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Rimmel London’s Magnif’eyes Mono Eyeshadow – This a brown shimmery color that I love wearing. I wear this every time I put on eyeshadow. I use it as a base to put on other eyeshadow, or I  wear it by itself. As you can see, it’s almost done because I use it so much. Shop it Here

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Quo Colour Wonderland Eye, Lip and Cheek Collection – My brother bought this for me for Christmas last year and I absolutely love it. There are so many colours to choose from! It’s insane. I like this because whether I want to go simple, or, dramatic there’s a color for that. This is from my local Shoppers Drug mart.

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Elf Cosmetics Eyeshadow Collection – I found this in my local shoppers drug mart about a year ago. I was going to an office party and I wanted to spice up my look so I bought this. I like that it has a lot of bold colours. You can shop similar palettes Here

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This is not a review. I’m just sharing my growing eyeshadow collection. I’ll be showing more creative looks soon.

This summer, I’m all about embracing and trying new things. You only live once.

What eyeshadow brands do you use? Do you wear more bold colours or more natural colours?

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Why I like Wearing Makeup

 

Have I always been into makeup? No. I was more of a tomboy growing up.Did my mom teach me how to wear lipstick and foundation? No. My mom doesn’t even care about makeup.So how did I get to start like wearing makeup? Keep reading to find out.

I can’t really pinpoint the exact moment when I started to like makeup but it wasn’t at age 8 or 14. At those ages I was more interested in books, more than anything else. I was probably 25, when I bought my first Mac lipstick. My first foundation was Black Opal which I found in a store across the street.

I didn’t know what Sephora or Nyx was until about a year ago, when I started working across the road from the mall. I was in a professional environment so I didn’t want to look like I just woke up out of bed, so that’s when I started getting more into wearing makeup.

My coworkers would talk about different brands that they use and what works and what doesn’t work. It was all so new to me, but so intriguing so I started buying different foundations and really seeing what works  best.

So Why do I like wearing  makeup?

1.I think because I’m a creative person makeup gives me the chance to create. It’s like my face is the blank canvas and I can just paint whatever picture I want people to see. I love that. One day I can be sultry, the next day I can look simple. It’s awesome.

2. It makes me feel confident. Yes, I know we should all be confident without makeup, and I am, but it just makes me feel more confident. It makes me feel like I can just go up to anyone and talk to them without having to worry about how I look. I know you girls can relate.

3. It enhances my best features. I have high cheek bones and wearing makeup, specifically contouring my face, helps show my cheek bones and enhances them. If I want my eyes to pop, putting on mascara helps with that. Makeup is just the bomb.

4. I have dark spots on my face so foundation helps to cover that up. I’m just being real with ya’ll. My skin isn’t perfect but makeup helps it to look good

I love makeup and I’m probably not going to stop wearing it. I also really don’t care if people say I wear too much makeup because people’s opinions don’t really matter to me.

I also don’t wear makeup 90% of the time but when I do, I like to get all up  in it.

I’m also trying to get rid of my dark spots so you know? I’m working on myself.

And to guys who bash girls who wear makeup, “Leave them alone”. It’s not your face, so don’t judge. Some girls like to wear a lot, some don’t wear any at all. Love people for who they are.

If you don’t wear makeup I don’t judge. As I always say ,”Do you”.

Makeup is fun though, you should try it sometime. XOXO

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Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer

Girls always talk about the foundations they use, but what about what’s under your Foundation? Do you use lotion or primer? Do you apply a lot of primer or little primer. Do you like your primer creamy or hydrating? Do you even use primers bro? So many questions.

Today, I’ll be discussing the Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer

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I have the sample size which I got from Sephora as a free gift with my points.  At first, I was skeptical about trying it but I decided to be open minded

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I do photoshoots for my blog on Sundays and I Always wear makeup for this, so I decided instead of using up all my Fenty Beauty primer, to use this with my Maybelline Foundation.

Things I like about this primer

  • It’s very hydrating – When I put this on, it feels like I just washed my face. My face feels so hydrated and cool.
  • It leaves my makeup looking fresh with a healthy glow – I have oily skin, so the fact that this doesn’t make me oily, is a miracle.
  • It’s not heavy – Some primers can feel really heavy but when I apply this to my face it feels like I have nothing on. My face doesn’t feel like bricks Haha
  • It makes my makeup look flawless – Every time that I have this primer on, it makes my foundation look so flawless and airbrushed and it shows in my pictures. I woke up like this, I woke up like this.

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Overall, I really like this primer and I’ll use it again. The only thing I don’t like is the price. Fifty dollars for a primer? Girl, bye. Just give me the samples please and thank you.

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The Beauty Products that I Own but don’t Use

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I often hear girls talking about the latest beauty products that they have, own, or they’re about to buy. I hear them saying, stuff like, “Omg, I have to get that new Tarte tape shape concealer”, or, “Omg I’m going to sephora to try that new Fenty Beauty highlighter because, girl, I gotta have it”. Can you relate? I certainly can. But, what about the beautyproducts that you don’t use? You know, the lipstick that your Aunt Geraldine bought you 2 years ago but it’s not even close to something that you would wear so it’s sitting on your dresser. Or, that ugly nude tarte lip paint that they give you when you ask for samples at Sephora, do you still keep that, or do you throw it away. Seems familiar?

Well, today I’m going to shine the light on some of the beauty products that I own, but don’t use.

  • Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Setting Spray

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Look, I’ve tried to give this a chance. I really have. A friend of mine, told me it was good for oily skin, so I hurriedly went online to sephora.com to purchase it, but I was severely disappointed. I’ve tried putting on a little but I still end up draining oil, after 10 mins. I’ve tried putting it on before foundation but still the same results. I’m sorry all nighter setting spray but I wasted money on you. It’s still sitting on top of my dresser and I really don’t know what to do it. Maybe I’ll ask my friends to see if anyone of them want it

  • Tarte Tartiest Lip Paint ( Nude Color) ACS_0027

I received this, the first time I purchased makeup from Sephora for my birthday as a gift and that was like a year and a half ago and I still have it. You’re probably saying, “Oh but that’s so tiny, you should be done with that by now. But no honey, it’s not even my shade. I look horrid when I put it on. It’s still laying on my dresser. Anybody want a nude shade of lipstick? Call or text me.

  • NYX Wonder Stick Highlight and Contour Stick

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Look, I used to believe that these contour highlight sticks were the bomb. No one could tell me that they weren’t the bomb. If you can relate put your hands up! Then I discovered that they weren’t the bomb and it’s like my life shattered into pieces. Haha, I’m kidding, it’s not that serious. But every time I wear this it feels like i just poured a bottle of oil on my face. It doesn’t feel creamy to me at all. It just feels like oil and until I started used the fenty beauty contour, I didn’t realize. I really don’t know what to do with them, so I’m probably going to use them for one of my blog posts and then throw them out when they’re done.

  • Benefit Cosmetics 3D Brow Tones

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I literally have no idea what this is for. I asked for samples at sephora and they gave this to me. The girl said, “We have this, it’s not your shade but you can use it”. Haha, I tried using it but I honestly didn’t know what to do. Do I put it on my eyebrow? Or under my eyebrow? In my eyebrow? See? I’m confused.

I need to find some ways to get rid of these things. Or, maybe I’ll sell them. I don’t know. I’m not going to keep them piling up on my dresser. I could be using that space for the new products I like, you know what i’m saying?.

I don’t want to become a hoarder. My philosophy is always this “Throw out things that you don’t need, or give them away”.

Do you have the same problem as I do? If so, what do you do with unwanted makeup? If you can relate comment below. Let me know what you think

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MAC Prep + Prime Fix + Matte Spray

Setting sprays aren’t my thing. I usually just bake, brush off and go. I’ve tried setting sprays and I just end up being more oily. Oiliness is not my thing, you know what I’m saying?

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I went into the MAC store on Sunday  to try  out the spray because I had heard  a lot of great stories about it but I wanted to try it before buying it. I mean, who wants to waste $30?

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When I went into the store, I saw the bottle but I was going to try the one that makes your skin glow.  The sales rep then came up to me and asked if I need help. I told her that I have oily skin and then she told me that she too had oily skin and that she uses the Fix + matte. I told her that I wanted to try it first. Haha I had no idea what to do. I was just spraying. She was like “No hun, you have to hold it 20 cm away from your face”. I was laughing at myself.

After I sprayed it on my face I waited for about 5 mins. I didn’t really notice anything but my friend said to me “Wow, your face looks so good”, I said, “Hmm I don’t really see a difference” and she said “Raceen, you know me, I would never lie to you”. So I purchased it.

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On Mac’s website it’s described as “A lightweight mattifying spray that refreshes skin while instantly controlling shine and oil on the surface without disturbing makeup. The innovative formula contains powders, silica and other oil- absorbing agents to help set makeup, rebalance and mattify skin“.

I must say, I’m really liking this spray. You have to shake the bottle before using it. I’ve used it twice so far and it makes my skin matte for about 4 hours until I have to use it again.

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You can shop it Here

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My Favourite Concealer

Finding the right concealer can be tough. Throughout the years, I’ve had my fair share of different brands of concealers. Some leave you looking ashy, oily or out right weird looking.

I have dark under eye circles so I like to use concealer to cover that up. I don’t want people asking me if I’m ok every second, you know what I’m saying? Girl, I know you can relate.

Recently, I found one that works well, The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. I absolutely love it!

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This concealer is EVERYTHING! EVERYTHING! Yes, believe the hype.

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I vividly remember the day I went to sephora looking for a new good concealer with my friend. I had heard some friends talking about it and decided to see what it was like.I even read the reviews online and 99% were good reviews. There was no one to help me find my shade in the store, so I said to my friend “You know what? I’ll just try them on until I find my shade”. I chose one that looked like it would suit me then I proceeded to apply it. I immediately fell in love. LOL and I’ve never been in love before. After I put it on,I asked my friend how it looked and she said, “Wow, it looks so good, and you chose the right shade too”.  I was so happy.

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My shade is Biscuit. Biscuit is a medium dark natural balance of pink and yellow undertones. This covers my dark under eye circles so well and makes my face look radiant. It doesn’t crease! I like when my concealer looks bright and is a tone lighter than my skin tone so I love this.

These photos below show how I apply my concealer.

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After using my beauty blender to blend it out this is the result.Processed with VSCO with l10 preset

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I love this concealer. I know, I’ve probably said this 100 times. But it’s that good.

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What I Use To Fill In my Eyebrows

I think my eyebrows are probably my most favourite part of my face. I just love them. I like to get my eyebrows threaded, at least once per month and in between those visits,  I tweeze them at home.If I’m not wearing makeup, I always make sure my brows are filled in. It just makes my face look brighter.

In the past, I used those simple eyebrow pencils that you would  find in the hair store or the local pharmacy. I used to think that they were the BEST thing! The biggest problem with those eyebrow pencils, they would rub off so easily. By the end of the day there would be nothing left on your brows.Yikes!

About a year ago, I found the best thing for my eyebrows. I found Rimmel London’s Brow Shake Filling Powder. It’s light and easy to use. I like my brows bold, dark and thin and I find that this helps with that. The best thing? It doesn’t come off.

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Below are some pictures of what my eyebrows look like, before, and after using the filling powder.

Before 

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When filling in my brows I like to slather on some concealer around them. I like using L.A. Girl Pro Conceal High Definition concealer. It just defines my brows more.

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Next, I use my beauty blender to tap the concealer in and blend around my eyebrows.

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I then shake the filling powder and apply it to my brows

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And this is the end result.

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It doesn’t rub off!

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I really loves this filling powder. I’ve had this for close to a year now, that’s how long it lasts! Bomb right?  I bought mine at Shoppers Drug mart here in Canada for about $10 but  you can also purchase it Here

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