Versus: New Drugstore Setting Sprays (Wet n Wild, Essence, Hard Candy)

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If you’ve read my Versus post comparing Urban Decay All Nighter and Deslick, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of Deslick. I’ve tried a lot of setting sprays over the years, but none have really stood up to Deslick. A place I really haven’t searched for setting sprays is the drugstore. The drugstore has been impressing me more and more lately, and I was sent three different setting sprays to test out! Let’s take these babies out for a spin!

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Versus: ABH Modern Renaissance and Wet n Wild Color Icon Rose in the Air

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A palette that has taken the makeup world by absolute storm is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette. When I first got it, I was a bit hesitant, but after owning it for awhile now, I’m SO glad I made the purchase. It’s one of my most used palettes!

At the Wet n Wild 2018 product launch event, they were showcasing the repackaged and reformulated Color Icon eyeshadow palettes. One of the 10 pan palettes, Rose in the Air, looks SCARILY similar to Modern Renaissance. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do a versus post on them.

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Versus: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD and Inglot HD Perfect Coverup

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Something I’ve been into lately is foundations. I feel like I’ve been accumulating a lot of them, and genuinely enjoying trying all of them out. Today I wanted to pit an old favourite against a newcomer. The Make Up For Ever Ultra HD (and prior HD foundation) has had a fantastic place in my foundation lineup. I’ve actually done a Versus post on the Ultra HD and old HD formula here. At IMATS, I ended up picking the Inglot HD Perfect Coverup foundation. I mostly bought this cause I’m getting low on the MUFE Ultra HD. The claims are similar though, so I thought I might as well see how they fair against each other!

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Versus: Becca Jaclyn Hill and Chrissy Teigen Palettes

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Becca is such an amazing brand producing some of the best face products in the game. One collab that put this brand on the map is the Jaclyn Hill collection. Champagne Pop to my knowledge is one of the highest sold products at Sephora EVER. That’s so incredible! I think I own literally every single iteration of Champagne Pop other than the split pans. You could say I’m a fan. When Becca announced the Chrissy Teigen collection I was so intrigued. The promo pics I saw looked so pretty, and being the complete makeup psycho I am, I snatched it up! But a question remains. How do the Jaclyn Hill and Chrissy Teigen palettes stack up against each other?

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Versus: Beauty Blender and Real Techniques Sponges

Hello friends! It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Versus post. These are actually some of my favourites to write just because I love to read comparisons too. Anyways, today I’ll be looking at the Beauty Blender and the Real Techniques (RT) Miracle Complexion Sponge. I know this comparison is very popular, but I’ve never actually tried the RT sponge before. I just got into a habit of always buying Beauty Blenders. When I was sent the RT sponge to try, I thought I could finally see if they were comparable! I also have the RT Miracle Mini Eye Erasers that I can add my two cents on (I don’t have the Beauty Blender version to compare these to though).

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Versus: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Products


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I feel like brows are one of those things that no one ever thinks about, but when they change or slay, you take notice. (Isn’t there a Tumblr blog full of celebrities with no eyebrows or something?!). When I first started getting into makeup, I never even really thought of my brows. Now after admitting that I’m a full fledged beauty addict, brows are super important. I’m no expert at brows, but just a teensy bit of work can make a huge difference!

I come at you today with a Versus between 3 brow products from Anastasia Beverly Hills (if you haven’t already, check out that time I me THE Anastasia)! I’ve used the Brow Wiz and Brow Definer before, but the Dip Brow I bought specifically with this review in mind #beautybloggerlyfe.

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Versus: Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint and Maybelline Dream Velvet


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A trend that seems like it’s standing the test of time is ‘matte’. Matte lips, matte eyeshadows and matte foundations. Enter Nars and Maybelline. Both companies have released foundations recently that seem to cater to this matte obsession. Nars has their Velvet Matte Skin Tint and Maybelline with their Dream Velvet. I don’t think I’m the only one that sees that the similarity in their names. With me having oily skin, I tend to look for anything with ‘matte’ or ‘mattifying’ in the product name. I’ve been testing both of these foundations for a couple of months and I think I’m ready to review! So the question is, which foundation prevails?

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Versus: Make Up For Ever HD and Ultra HD Foundation

*Purchased and Affiliate Links

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Hello! If you’re a Make Up For Ever junkie like I am, you’ll know that they somewhat recently discontinued their highly touted HD foundation. Instead, Make Up For Ever now has the Ultra HD foundation to stand up to the growing advances in 4K technology. I’ve been using both for some time now and I think I have a clear grasp of the differences! Lets see how they compare…

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Versus: Dry Shampoo

*Purchased and Sent for Review

Hello hello! I’m coming at you today with a post that I’ve wanted to do since I conceived my “Versus” series: a compilation of the dry shampoos I’ve been using and what I’ve thought of them. Dry shampoo is like a saviour. I have bangs so I usually need to spritz a bit in every day. Not all dry shampoos are created equally though. There are so many formulas out there and so many different price points.  I can’t say I’m the end-all for dry shampoo, but I can at least tell you my opinion on the ones I’ve tried.

So the TL;DR (too long, didn’t read) version of this post is that all of these dry shampoos are good dry shampoos. I like each one of them, but each has characteristics that made it stand out.

1. COLAB Sheer Invisible Dry Shampoo

Price: $10 CAD for 200mL, $5 CAD for 50mL

Where to buy: Jean Coutu, London Drugs, and select IDA, Guardian, Pharma Plus, and Rexall

Claims: COLAB™ is a signature range of ready-to-wear dry shampoos that help keep hair feeling clean for longer;  feature a revolutionary weightless, invisible formula; and leave a fabulous veil of fashion fragrance. They’re perfect for all hair types that need an instant boost.

All of the COLAB dry shampoo featured in this post were sent for review consideration. The first thing I noticed about the Sheer Invisible line was that it had a wetter formula than the other dry shampoos featured in this post. Another thing I noticed right away was the scents. I really really liked both of these scents. It made me think of a body spray type of scent versus that chemically dry shampoo smell. Effectiveness I would say it was middle of the road. As mentioned, my bangs get really oily and I noticed that I had to use quite a bit of this formula to get the oily ‘feel’ out of my hair. That being said, the formula is ‘invisible’ for my dark hair so using more wasn’t a huge hinderance.

2. COLAB Volume Extreme Dry Shampoo

Price: $10 CAD for 200mL, $5 CAD for 50ML

Where to buy: Jean Coutu, London Drugs, and select IDA, Guardian, Pharma Plus, and Rexall

Claims: Give lifeless hair amazing body and a refreshing boost between washes with COLAB’s Extreme Volume dry shampoo.  COLAB™ Extreme Volume absorbs oil & refreshes roots whilst adding instant back-combed volume, texture & lift. It also leaves a gorgeous veil of fashion fragrance.

This was a really interesting dry shampoo for review. I would actually consider this more of a styling treatment than a true dry shampoo. I felt like it did control the oil, but just because it was adding product to the hair. I think this is good for 2nd day hair, but after using this I would definitely say that you’d have to wash your hair the next day. The one thing that stood out to me about this product was that it really added SO much volume to my hair. My hair is pretty flat so it was so interesting seeing my hair so voluminous! I’ve never used a product that has been able to do this! This is not an invisible formula but I didn’t really have any trouble diffusing it. It wasn’t much whiter than any other formula I’ve used.

3. KLORANE Extra Gentle Dry Shampoo

Price: $17 for 150mL (from

Where to buy: Jean Coutu, Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, London Drugs,

Claims: KLORANE Gentle dry shampoo with oat extract is ideal for people with little time, and therefore unable to wash their hair. It owes its cleansing properties to an original combination of highly absorbent agents that act as truly effective sponges to soak up dirt or sebum on the scalp. Hair volume and bounce is restored in just a few minutes. It is hypoallergenic.

I got this little sample size from an old ipsy bag. I quite like this dry shampoo. I find it works pretty well and has a pleasant clean scent. It does leave a bit of a white dusting, but I’m always able to diffuse it. I don’t have much to say about the KLORANE offering other than it’s a good dry shampoo and I would re-purchase. It’s definitely a bit more expensive than other dry shampoo offerings though.

4. Batiste Dry Shampoo in Original

Price: $9 for 200 mL

Where to buy: Wal-mart, Shoppers Drug Mart,

Claims: Get to grips with Batiste Original. Adored by innovators and originators, it’s the classic dry shampoo that instantly makes your hair feel clean, fresh and full of body and texture.

If you’ve heard of dry shampoo, you’ve probably heard of Batiste. The hype is definitely there for a reason; it works. I found this was the best dry shampoo to control oil. When you spray it, you instantly feel the oil soaking up (what a feeling, haha). Something else to note was that this dry shampoo had the most white residue. I’ve actually had a couple of embarrassing encounters with friends who wonder why I have a bit of a granny style going on with my white hair. Eep. I can only speak for the original, but I really dislike the smell of this. It seems very chemically to me.


So finally the verdict! This was a hard post because I did like each of these dry shampoos for different reasons. Here is my quick opinion on each.

Batiste: I’d use it when my hair is quite filthy as I found it worked the best.

KLORANE: I could use this any time, but it doesn’t smell as good as COLAB and it doesn’t work as well as Batiste.

COLAB Invisible: I’d only use this when my hair isn’t super oily, but I would choose this over Batiste because of the nice scents.

COLAB Volume: I’d use this not really as a dry shampoo but more as a volumizing treatment.

So I hope this helped anyone thinking about any of these dry shampoos! Thanks so much for reading and hope you have a great day!

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Versus: Kat Von D Liquid Liner Ink and Tattoo

*Purchased and Gift

Hello! So this post was conceived out of my confusion regarding these two eyeliners. I have been using Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner which has become my HG (holy grail) liquid eyeliner. I’ve been seeing a couple of very positive reviews for Kat Von D’s Ink liner and curiosity got the best of me. So today, I’ll be breaking down the claims of these two eyeliners and giving my own thoughts!

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