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Juvalips: Review and Photos

06 09 17

Thank you to Juvalips for sending this for free for review: this is unpaid and all opinions are my own

I’m not a huge fan of my lips, mainly because they’re, well, not huge. Far from it. I’ve learned how to pout a certain way in photos in order to make them look bigger as well as how to overline the shit out of them with lipstick, but in reality they are sad little thin lines of nothing. I’ve wanted lip fillers for a looooong time but I’ve never taken the plunge: I hate needles, they’re expensive, I’ve heard they’re REALLY painful, and it’s so easy to fuck it up and look like a weird fish-human or like Nikki Tutorials. Whoops.

Juvalips contacted me recently asking if I wanted to try their electronic lip plumper so I was like, HECK YEAH. It’s a device that basically sucks your lips into this sex-toy lookin’ thing, and 60 seconds later you’re supposed to have lovely plump lips. I was a bit skeptical because I’ve tried the manual lip-plumpers that are basically little shot glasses that go over your mouth and you suck all the air out to increase blood flow to your lips. Those did shit all, they were total crap. I don’t know what kind of magic suction the Juvalips device entails but it TOTALLY WORKS.

Does this go on my lips or my vagina?

These are my sad little non-lips

WILL YA LOOK AT THAT

It’s obviously not a permanent effect (goes down after maybe half an hour in my opinion), but for a photoshoot or a party or something, I think it’s really cool. The more you use it the longer the results are supposed to last, so I’m going to try to use it as part of my morning routine and see what happens. It’s also way cheaper than lip injections and the device itself lasts a lot longer than the few months that it takes your lips to go back to normal with injections.

THANK U JUVALIPS, talk to ya guys later xo

 

Reviews - Save You Money Monday

Savin’ You Money Monday: holographic highlighters

03 20 17

If you’ve been under a rock: holographic/multidimensional/multicoloured highlighters have been huge lately, which I’m all about. The only highlighters I really even wear anymore are of the holographic/multidimensional/multicoloured variety. They can, however, get really fricking expensive. SO, I’m doing my second saving-you-money-monday on funky coloured face powders. Especially for springtime (WHERE THE FUCK IS SPRING), shimmery pink, blue, and green cheeks are going to be so much fun.

I have several more holographic highlighter palettes/individual pans and cream sticks, but these three brands are my favourites. A reminder about this saving-you-money series: I’m showing you products that are all similar, that I love, at different price points. The most expensive of the bunch is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit (though you get A LOT of product), the middle tier is the Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette (a very very small amount of product in comparison), and finally are the budget-friendly NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powders.

Side Note: thanks to my boyfriend for lending me his arm for swatching ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I definitely reach for the Moonchild Glow Kit the most. It’s $53 CAD ($40 American) so at first glance it’s the most expensive of the three. However, when you compare how much product you get, it’s way cheaper than the Kat Von D palette. Each colour pan is 4.2 grams/0.15 oz and you get 6 of them. If you live in Canada (or international) like I do, or if you’re not huge on makeup and you’re not sure if you’ll love the look, it’s much cheaper to get the Kat Von D palette because you can get it from any Sephora. You can only buy the Moonchild kit on the Anastasia website, and shipping to Canada is something like an extra $20. With international shipping included, each colour pan comes to about $12 CAD. If you’re American, shipping is free (goddamn you), and each pan comes out to about $6.60.

Though I reach more for the Anastasia kit, the Kat Von D one is definitely my favourite. The colours are beautiful- they’re the most true holographic, they’re shimmery rather than glittery and chunky, and they’re the most bold, pigmented, and smooth of the 3 brands. The palette is $44 CAD ($32 US) and you get a teeny weeny 1.53 g/0.05 oz of product per pan. You also only get 4 shades. (With free Sephora shipping, this equals out to $11 CAD or $8 US per pan, though again, you get two fewer pans than the Anastasia kit and they’re much smaller). The four colours that are in the Kat Von D kit are definite dupes for ones in the Anastasia kit so again, if you’re not sure if holographic highlighters are your thing and you want a tiny palette you can easily return, or if you live in Canada and don’t want to pay shipping, this one is the way to go in my opinion.

These new NYX highlighters are probably my least favourite of the three but if you’re on a budget, or you just want one colour rather than a whole palette, or if you just want to try them out, they’re still great quality. They’re the most affordable at $13 CAD/$8 US each. You also get the most product: each pan is huge at 6 g/0.21 oz. You can get them online (free shipping) or in stores across Canada and the US. Uh, and probably internationally too. Side note: that last reddish orange colour is CRAZY deep and I definitely won’t be using it as a highlighter but I think it would look beautiful on deeper skin. Double side note: there are a few other shades available that I just didn’t purchase.

Anastasia Pink Heart; Kat Von D Pink Opal; NYX Snow Rose

The pink shades from these 3 brands are the most similar to each other for sure. The Anastasia and NYX are pretty much identical while the Kat Von D is smoother, more pigmented, and more holographic.

Anastasia Purple Horseshoe; Kat Von D Ultra Violet Amethyst; NYX Lavender Steel

The purple shade from NYX differs quite a bit from the other two, which are quite similar. Again, the Kat Von D purple shade is much more holographic and pigmented. It’s also more shimmery and less glittery: you can see flecks of glitter in the Anastasia one.

Anastasia Blue Ice; Kat Von D Blue Saphyre; NYX Twilight Tint

I probably reach for the blue shades the most from all 3 brands. The Kat Von D is such real, beautiful true holographic bluey green goodness while the other two are a bit more bluey silver. They’re all beautiful, smooth and pigmented but obviously Blue Saphyre a bit more so.

I didn’t do a comparison swatch of the greens in the Kat Von D/Anastasia palettes since I don’t have a green from NYX, but they’re definite dupes for each other which you can see above in the full palette arm swatches.

Overall, the 3 brands have come out with amazing products and I’d say each of them are worth the money- they all give you slightly different things depending on what you’re looking for. NYX gives you huge pans at an affordable price (though you’ll sacrifice quality a little bit), while Kat Von D gives you the best quality- but you won’t get the shade selection/pan size that Anastasia gives you. Have you tried any of these products? Anything else you want me to review? LEMME KNOW. xo

 

 

Outfits - Reviews

Uniqlo- Plus Size Friendly?

03 10 17

I’m allllllllways on the lookout for new places to buy clothes. Sometimes I’ll find amazing stuff in straight size shops like Zara and H&M (I have a size small blazer I bought a few years ago that’s too still big for me). When I heard about the recently opened Uniqlo in Toronto being new the go-to for some of my favourite plus-fashion bloggers, I decided I needed to check it out. Other than quickly popping in to buy this sweater a couple months ago, I never really took the time to thoroughly look at their clothes or try anything on. So, I headed in to try and find all the XXL’s I could, to see if they would fit my XXL body. I find that a lot of places that carry extended sizing don’t cater to the plus size body: they just, offer the same stuff but bigger. This is all well and good except… I don’t look like a mannequin. I have bumps and lumps and rolls. So I was interested to see if this extended-straight-size concept would work.

Everything in the Uniqlo women’s section goes up to at least a Large. Some items go up to XL, and some (er, okay, not many) go up to XXL. The pants that I’m wearing in all these photos I actually bought from here the previous day, when my friend wanted to pop in and see what they had to offer. They’re an XL and while they definitely could be bigger, they’re high-waisted and stretchy enough to fit me (I pretty much NEVER fit into XL’s. I always need at least a 1x or 2x.) Luckily, the size range of a certain item is printed on each sign in teeny tiny writing at the bottom, i.e the above cardigans only go up to an XL. This comes in handy when you’re frantically searching for a size that doesn’t exist.

I grabbed a few items in XL/XXL and went into the fitting rooms. Note: I’m usually an 18/20 on bottom and a 16/18 on top.

Women Drape Short Sleeve T Blouse: XL, $29.90 CAD

Women’s Wide Stretch Culottes: XL, $29.90 CAD

Loving how this shirt fits. It’s comfy and oversized and while I’m not huge on polyester, I still like it and it’s a checkmark in the ‘will it fit’ column.

Women Drape Jogger Pants: XL, $39.90 CAD

Women Satin Ankle Length Pants: XXL, $39.90 CAD

I knew these pants wouldn’t fit before I brought them into the fitting room but I figured that photographing just how badly they wouldn’t fit is part of the job. The first pair is a fucking write off because, like, XL (This is how they’re supposed to look. They are not supposed to look like skinny pants¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ). But when I saw that the blue pair went up to XXL I got really excited! And then immediately eye-rolled when I took them off the hanger and held them up. I dunno- I just feel like if you’re going to carry an XXL, make it a real XXL. None of this it’s-actually-like-a-size-14-but-we’re-going-to-arbitrarily-label-it-XXL business.

Women SPRZ NY Super Geometric Layered Dress: L, $39.90 CAD

Pretty impressed with how this dress fits seeing as it’s only a Large, however, it still doesn’t fit quite right. If you look at it on a mannequin or on their website, it’s supposed to flow and look oversized and drapey and effortless. It’s stretchy and comfy, but just a little too tight on me. I think it’d look really good if you had no boobs or belly or hips.

Women Milano Ribbed Crew Neck Tunic: XL, $79.90 CAD

Women Milano Ribbed Aline Skirt: XXL, $59.90 CAD

The red tunic and red skirt on the mannequin in that first photo are the same ones I’m wearing , just in different colours. I saw the mannequin and thought, how oversized and effortless and chic and cute and perfect!! But I ended up looking more monochromatic sausage roll than Olsen Twins. I didn’t realize my tummy flab could be highlighted in such an interesting way. The knit material will stick to every inch of you if you have any curves at all.

Women Ribbed Long Sleeve Long Cardigan (long!!! it’s long, folks!): XL, $29.90 CAD

Women UV Cut Crew Neck Long Sleeve Cardigan: XL, $29.90 CAD

Something that’s pretty difficult to fuck up: cardigans! (Dunno what the heck UV Cut means- it has UPF 25 written on the tag with a little sun icon, so is it like, SPF 25? But if I’m wearing a cardigan anyway it would be difficult to get a sunburn, no?) I ended up buying both of these because I needed sweaters for spring anyway, and they were pretty comfy and not too expensive.

Women UV Cut Sleeveless Sweater: XL, $29.90 CAD

Normally I’d wear this tucked in but I wanted you to see it’s full fat-hugging power. Also, I guess it was a little cold in the fitting rooms. Sorry.

Men’s Denim Work Jacket: XL, $89.90 CAD

Just wanted to take a quick stab at the men’s section, since their stuff always tends to be larger and roomier. This jacket was way too big in the arms, wouldn’t button up over my boobs, and was stupid expensive. Ah well.

Women Drape Long Jacket: XXL, $49.90 CAD

Definitely one of the better things I tried on. Again, not a fan of polyester, but it seems to work in a blazer. I can see this dressed up or dressed down and might go back for it. Side note: my friend Erica tried this on when we went in the day before, and she’s a 20/22 on top and it fit her everywhere except for the arms.

Women Linen Cotton Printed Dress: L, $59.90 CAD

I wanted this to fit me so much because while I’m not big on florals, I thought it was just lovely and I’m huge on linen. As you can see by the defeated look on my face… it did not work. (Also, it’s $39.90 American dollars on the website. The Canadian/American price difference is just flat out fucking THIEVERY)

Finally, we have this beautiful and well-fitting Women’s Rayon Collared Blouse in XL for $49.90 CAD. I was sure this would fit me as it was hugely oversized, however, it had zero stretch so I couldn’t even get it over my head.

What I took away from all of this: Sizes are bullshit and arbitrary and I have no idea what will actually fit me, ever, though there’s a better chance if the item is very stretchy. Side note: Lmao I could’ve worn underwear that wasn’t inside out since I knew I was going to be taking photos of myself??? Like?? I’m a child, you guys.

Reviews - Save You Money Monday

Savin’ You Money Monday: the Glossier Dupe

02 13 17

Note: this post is not sponsored by any brand and all ideas/opinions are my own.

SO, GUYS, I think I’m going to start a new blog-series… thingy. I’m thinking maybe a couple Mondays per month, I’ll write about products (clothing, skincare, makeup etc) that I’m loving: two products that are exactly the same, at very different price points.

The idea came to me yesterday evening IN A DREAM, jk. It was when I was washing my face before bed. I was choosing which one of my 100 000 serums to apply and I noticed that my two very expensive glossier serums are LITERALLY EXACTLY THE SAME as two other serums that I own by the brand ‘The Ordinary’ from Deciem. The self-proclaimed “Abnormal Beauty Company”, which happens to make everything in Toronto (and also like 5 minutes from my apartment), creates skincare and haircare with good-for-you ingredients. I own a bunch of their products (primer, serums, face masks, cleansing conditioners etc), and I love em all. So I was initially happy but then immediately annoyed that I had spent $74 on Glossier products when I had the same thing sitting on my counter- for $6.

Turns out, Glossier’s ‘Super Bounce’ serum is just Hyaluronic acid and Vitamin B5 which you can discover just by reading their website for like 0.4 seconds which apparently I was too lazy to do. I was blinded by everything being cute and pink (but like… EVERYTHING IS SO CUTE AND PINK.) Deciem’s ‘The Ordinary’ brand has a serum DOUBLE THE SIZE that’s simply called ‘Hyaluronic acid 2% + b5’. How refreshingly straight to the point. Also- take a look at the zip code of the two New York addresses on the bottle. (The combo of hyaluronic acid and b5 is supposed to help with dry skin, by the way. I’ve definitely found that by using both of these serums, my skin is much more pLuMp and less flakey.)

Glossier’s ‘Super Pure’ serum is meant for red, blemish-y skin. It’s supposed to make your face chill the eff out and get it’s shit together. It’s a mix of Niacinamide and Zinc, which also happens to be the contents of another Deciem ‘The Ordinary’ serum, aptly named ‘Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%”.

To break this down for you: Glossier doesn’t ship to Canada, so Canadians either need to use an expensive third party shipping service or beg one of their American friends to ship it across the border (I have done both). If you’re American, WELL LUCKY YOU, and also I’m really sorry that Donald Trump is your president. But anyway. The Glossier serums are 15ml and the Deciem ones are 30ml. You’re therefore paying $56 US ($74 Canadian) for the same amount of product that you can buy from Deciem for FOUR DOLLARS AND FIFTY CENTS ($5.90 Canadian). I’m really shit at math but I know that is a CRAZY markup. I LOVE Glossier, but I think they charge this much because their bottles are pink, they have a crazy cute #aesthetic, and they send rainbow and happy face stickers with your order. And people (me) will eat it up.

Don’t get me wrong- I’m a fan of Glossier products. Their Boy Brow and their Mega Greens Mask are two of the best products I’ve ever used. HowEVER, there’s really no debating that their serums are hugely overpriced compared to Deciem’s brand, which I find work just as well.

Have you tried either of these products? Let me know what you think of them or if there’s anything else you’d like me to test/compare/review. UNTIL NEXT TIME, keep fit and have fun. Sorry. A little Canadian 90’s nostalgia.

xo