Wet ‘n Wild: Buy or Bye?

WnW just kills it in the drugstore beauty sector, can we please get that straight off the bat?  I love their stuff, and so when I saw some new releases on their website, I placed an order immediately.


I think their foundation is one of the best available from the drugstore, and their highlighters are insane.  Always one to want to save money, I thought I’d grab one of their lipliners and their beauty sponge too in hopes of finding a dupe for my beloved BeautyBlender.

The highlighters are gorgeous!  The pigmentation is insane, at least on Blossom Glow, rivaling that of my Becca highlighters and my beloved Amrezy from Anastasia {retailing for well over $30 CAD and now d

iscontinued, I think}.  Full disclosure: I think certain ones have just a shimmer spray over top and may not keep their shine over time but my overall fave will certainly keep its lustre over time given that it lacks the shimmer over spray.



The Color Icon Lip Liner in Brandy Wine is a cult fave {case in point:  here and here}, so when I see something that’s $0.99 – even USD – with that sort of a following, I have to give it a go.  I was pleasantly surprised with this!  I’m still using it intermittently, and it gives a great ‘your lips but better’ hue that I believe will be universally flattering.  There is a bit of a plastic-y smell, so beware of that, and, if it’s something you can get past, pick this one up!  It’s creamy and long lasting with a seriously solid price point.


The sponge?  Save your money.  It really hurts my face!  I’m not sure if I was using it incorrectly {it says you can use wet or dry online!}, however I didn’t find that it blended product overly well and certainly made applying product painful.  I have linked the product below, but can’t recommend it; I’d say save on this one and splurge instead on a BB.


I also picked up their bronzer in What Shady Beaches.  It’s much too dark for me right now so I’ll report back once this Canadian gets a bit of a tan!


Comment below if you’ve tried anything from this collection, I’d love your thoughts too.








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Bronzer | Highlighters in Blossom Glow, Bloom Time, and Botanic Dream | Lip Liner in Brandy Wine | Sponge {NOT a BeautyBlender dupe!}



Sephora VIB Spring Sale Wishlist

Spring.  It brings so many happy things after a long Canadian winter: warmer weather, pedicures, green grass and bright sunshine to name a few, but most importantly, the Sephora VIB Spring Sale.  It’s been confirmed, April 18-24th brings about 15% off for all VIB members {Rouge gets a head start April 18th, at least I get something for my over-spending..}, via the code ROUGESPRING {VIBSPRING – for regular VIB members/borderline over spenders, BISPRING – for Beauty Insiders/reasonable spenders}.  The code can be used multiple times throughout the sale.

I’ve put together a wishlist of a few things I’ve been lusting after.  I’m trying to curb spending on makeup as much as possible, but like any good beauty junkie, I’m not doing very well.  I can’t guarantee I’ll buy all of this.  Granted, it’s not a hefty list and won’t break the bank, so I’m not really 100% decided {bonus points for any rationalization of beauty product purchases…comment below if y’all are in the club with me}.  I thought you’d all like a sneak peak at just what I’m thinking I’ll buy April 18th.


Benefit’s Goof Proof Pencil – I’ve seen a number of people rave about this product and I’m willing to be a convert from the Anastasia camp.  I can rationalize giving this a try with a little discount, no?  I think I’ll be in the shade Medium.


tarte Fake Awake eyeliner – Tiffany D from Makeup By Tiffany D raved about this product; I have been a loyal viewer for years, and trust her opinions.  I often line my waterline with a darker liner appreciating the look it gives of fuller bottom lashes and with the right tone can really make my greenish/brown eyes pop.  I’m interested to see if the opposite will open my eyes and give a different sort of a pop to my overall look.


NARS Madly blush – This looks like it might be a bit light for my skintone, but I’ll give it a try.  I’ve seen a few YouTubers give it a rave review, so I’m willing to order it knowing I can return to Sephora if it doesn’t work {I try not to do this, generally, since they can’t re-sell used product}. Have any of you used this on a more olive skintone?


Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter – This isn’t a product I’ve heard any particular buzz about, but rather, I’m on the hunt for a rose gold highlighter and this one just found it’s way into my cart like it was meant to be!  I did a quick web search and can’t really find any reviews.  I’ll give this a sort of a ‘blind’ shot, though, because Too Faced generally always hits


Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette – My current collection really lacks any Anastasia products beyond her collection-staple Brow Whiz and Dipbrow Pomade really.  I heard nothing but rave reviews about the Anastasia x Mario palette, but missed the boat on that one {still hitting myself for not purchasing} so this comes in a close second from what I’ve read.  It has some seriously beautiful shades that I’d use daily – namely the golds and browns – and I’ve been meaning to add a pop of pink for spring to my look so this palette fits that bill just right too.  I also like the mix of shimmer and matte.  I have a really good feeling about this one!


There you have it.  This makeup junkie is ready – well ahead of time – to pull the trigger on some much needed new beauty bits.



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Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil | tarte Fake Awake Eyeliner | NARS Madly Blush | Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter in Ray of Light | Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette



Review: Jaclyn Hill for BECCA – Champagne Pop

When I initially saw yet another YT guru “creating” a unique product and co-branding with another makeup company, I rolled my eyes. I thought to myself, these people are only famous to a select niche group of viewers and have, essentially, made their name by talking to themselves into a camera, any they most certainly don’t know anything about the creation of a good product. Alas, I ignored my own better judgment when it came to the Jaclyn Hill/BECCA collab highlighter Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop and boy am I glad I did.

Before I get in to the particulars of the product, can we have a moment of silence for the packaging, please? It’s this most gorgeous gold colour, albeit not particularly unique, but eye catching and indicative of the product housed inside the little gold box.

I’m a big fan of highlighters, whether summer or winter, rain or shine. I have long warn BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal, and decided to give Champagne Pop a try when I saw it was markedly different in terms of shade with the former giving {as the name would suggest} and opal coloured, soft luminescence to the skin, and the latter providing a “pop” of a coppery-gold tone when applied to the skin.

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                L-Opal       R-Champagne Pop

Champagne Pop is a Limited Edition product {though it still looks to be well in stock on Sephora’s website} and retails for $46 CAD in stores  {link: Sephora}.  It is described as providing refined luminosity in any light. The bestselling formula is enriched with ultra-fine luminescent pearls that absorb, reflect, and refract light so natural radiance is never lost. Unlike the traditional pressed powder method which simply mixes and compresses dry ingredients, BECCA’s unique process blends pigments with proprietary liquid binders, resulting in unparalleled, creamy application with balanced color dispersion. Like a compact full of crushed gemstones, the multi-toned, ultra-fine pigment pearls adjust to your skin’s natural undertones for a truly unique glow. {Editor’s Note: I don’t think this description is for Champagne Pop alone, but rather for all of the BECCA highlighters} As always, Temptalia does a better job of describing it as a highlighter that isn’t for the faint of heart! It is very bright and reflective, while soft and easy to blend.

The top is Champagne Pop.  You can see the "disco" from a simple hand swatch!

The top is Champagne Pop. You can see the “disco”                                              from a simple hand swatch!

I found this product to be very easy to work with, and provided almost too much of a highlight on my skin. It’s best to use a light hand with this highlighter, and go easy on the product. You can go from softly lit to disco ball in 3 seconds flat! I like to “pop” it on the top of my cheekbones, down my nose and in the cupids bow of my lips. It gives a subtle, healthy glow to my skin and easily lasts through an 8 hour work day. I have also found that it works well in the inner corner of my eye, under the lash line, or under the brow for a quick sweep of shimmer. All in all, I love the application and you can certainly rationalize the high price point {I can rationalize any and all makeup purchases, it would seem} by using just a little of the product daily; a little goes a long way.

In terms of dupes, I wasn’t able to find anything in my collection that matched Champagne Pop in terms of exact pigmentation and application. I did, however, compare it with two MAC cult faves: Superb and Soft and Gentle.

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While it looks similar to Soft and Gentle in the package, Champagne pop pulls much more gold on my skin, and I’m inclined to think it would for most skin tones. I’m also going to go out on a limb and say that you could mix the two MAC colours together and get a similar result to Champagne Pop’s colour payoff. I’m not sure of how it would wear, but will say that I have never been disappointed by MAC highlighters and they’re priced much more affordably {not when you buy two, I guess, but you catch my drift}. IMG_3424

THE VERDICT: This was a worthwhile purchase for me, and I’ll wear it ‘til it’s out. It lasts all day, allows for me to apply as much or as little as I want while still projecting little “pops” of colour when the angles of my face hits the light. If your budget allows, this is one limited edition product I wouldn’t miss out on. It’s also left me wanting to try more of what BECCA has to offer. Wouldya look at that! The cross marketing worked. Go figure! {#unapologeticshopaholic}

Have you tried it? What are your thoughts? Comment below and let me know!