Tatcha Silk Canvas Protective Primer Review

The beauty world seems to be divided over this beautiful but expensive primer, the Tatcha Silk Canvas Protective Primer. I’ve read many different reviews with quite different viewpoints which makes me wonder why this has received such a mixed response.

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The beauty world seems to be divided over this beautiful but expensive primer, the Tatcha Silk Canvas Protective Primer. I’ve read many different reviews with quite different viewpoints which makes me wonder why this has received such a mixed response. But after kindly being gifted this luxurious little beauty, I feel like it is my duty to put it to the test, share my honest thoughts and let you know whether it is worth the hefty price tag.

Just for a comparison, one of my all-time favorite primers,  the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer is $79 for 30ml, and the Tatcha Silk Canvas is $76 for 20grams.

 

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Firstly, what is it?

Prep your skin with pure silk with this luxurious and velvety priming balm, smoothing and evening out the complexion while increasing the longevity of your makeup for all day, flawless radiance.

This little number contains pink and gold pearl to even out skin tone, Japanese superfoods to aid in anti-aging and botanicals to provide a protective barrier for the skin. Sounds like perfection, right?

The packaging as you’d expect is stunning and super bougie, but not in a gaudy way.  The tub is in the shape of a disc and is quite heavy. The primer even comes with a little spatula that allows you to get the right amount of product each time and to also make sure your grubby little mitts don’t transfer bacteria into the tub. The lid screws off revealing a gorgeous pale pink balmy primer.

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The instructions advise that a little goes a really long way, needing only the amount of a rice grain to cover the whole face. Because you only need such a small amount with each use, I think that this little baby will last you quite a while, which makes it a little easier to justify the price.

 

The consistency is slightly balmy, but super lightweight. It spreads on to the skin beautifully. I find it best to warm up the product between fingertips to make it a little easier to apply. It doesn’t feel silicone-y at all, but rather quite smooth and as light as a feather. It instantly absorbs without any oily or powdery residue, just blurred, soft, slightly tacky skin.  My pores are gone. Gone, I tell you. I have giant gaping holes for pores and to blur and disguise them is truly a miracle.

The wrinkles on my forehead are somewhat reduced and there is just a gorgeous luminosity to my skin – it isn’t shimmery, or sparkly, I just look like a picture of health. Silk Canvas acts as a protective barrier, that doesn’t allow your skin to absorb your make up, which in turn, is fabulous for your skin and decreases the amount of makeup you need to use.

 

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First 3 eyeshadows without Silk Canvas / last 3 eyeshadows with primer

 

WITH FOUNDATION

I trialed Silk Canvas with a number of foundations with not a whole heap of difference. My foundation applied really well, it seemed to just glide over the face with little to no effort. My skin did remain to look healthy, quite smooth and luminous. The main difference that stood out to me is how my skin felt – it was so goddamn smooth. My makeup lasted well throughout the day and there was no caking, fading or too much oil peaking through. I did notice that my craters of pores did start to become noticeable as the day wore on.

 

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Primer on left side of face, the right side without

 

 

 

The only real negative I have is that the spatula is super easy to misplace.  It would be unreal if it was magnetic and stuck to the lid to ensure it didn’t go missing. But other than that, this primer is a goodie.

Will you be picking up this beauty? And now to spend my life savings on the rest of the Tatcha range, because I am mother flippin’ obsessed.

 

 

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Glam Glow Gravity Mud #Glittermask Review

Glam Glow #GLITTERMASK Firming Treatment is a fun, glitter-filled take on their already hugely popular peel-off Gravity Mud. To be honest, I find the idea of a glitter mask a bit instagrammy and gimicky. I don’t get the whole glitter thing, I get that it looks cool, but I’m all about skincare performing effectively rather then aesthetically. Having never used the original, I can’t compare the two but let’s dive into this glitter filled baby to see what it is all about.

Hello beauties,

If you follow my socials you may have caught my time at the wonder that was MECCALAND. For my overseas readers, MECCALAND was the first of its kind here in Australia. It was a 3-day festival of beauty, filled with exclusive limited edition products, masterclasses, meet & greets with beauty gurus and so much more – it really was an unreal experience that three weeks later, I am still reeling from.

I was ridiculously lucky to be invited and flown down to Melbourne for a sneak peak, before MECCALAND was open to the public. And, as if that wasn’t enough, I received an incredible goodie bag filled with a whole heap of limited edition products. The Glam Glow #Glittermask was one of those fabulous products.

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Glam Glow #GLITTERMASK Firming Treatment is a fun, glitter-filled take on their already hugely popular peel-off Gravity Mud. To be honest, I find the idea of a glitter mask a bit instagrammy and gimicky. I don’t get the whole glitter thing, I get that it looks cool, but I’m all about skincare performing effectively rather then aesthetically. Having never used the original, I can’t compare the two but let’s dive into this glitter filled baby to see what it is all about.

#GLITTERMASK is said to visibly firm, tone and boost radiance after just one use. It is meant to leave the complexion taut, luminous and even more youthful than before. Sounds like a winner, right? But does it live up to it’s claims?

Below is a snap of my tired little mug. This was after a night of quite a few breastfeeding sessions, so my skin definitely needed some firming, lifting and brightening. And I needed a hell of a lot of coffee.

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What a potato

 

The size of the tub is the same as the other GlamGlow masks, containing 50 grams of product, which for the price does seem quite steep. However, I found that you don’t need all that much to cover your face, so it should last quite a while. The formula is black, full of glitter and smells amazing, I want to say it smells of pineapples but I can’t be sure.  The consistency is sticky and thick and reminds me slightly of a cooling gel once applied to the skin.

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It spreads like a breeze on the face, and I apply a fairly generous amount. But I’m conscious about not spreading it too thickly, otherwise it would takes hours to dry. I imagined that the glitter would be somewhat sharp or gritty on the skin, but I hardly felt it at all.

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The mask took about 30 minutes to dry and I was a little nervous to peel it off, because in the past peel off masks have basically waxed my face of all peach fluff – Not cool. Not fun. very ouch.  Butttttt, this peeled off with absolute ease, not one hair was plucked out of my little head. My skin instantly felt really fresh and bright. After glancing in the mirror my face definitely looked more firm, taut and definitely luminous.  No bags or sagging in sight.

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A brighter looking potato

In summary, I have really loved the results of the #glittermask. My skin is de-puffed, bright and more youthful. I think that this would be ideal before an event to ensure your skin is in tip-top shape. The glitter is fun, great for pictures but totally unnecessary.  It is the same price as the original so you can opt to be a glittery potato or stick to the silver. As much as I love what the mask does, I don’t think I could drop $86 on one mask  – probably because I’m on maternity leave and a little strapped for cash. However in the future there is a good chance I may look into this little sparkly black beauty again.

 

What are your thoughts about the #glittermask?

 

Camille x

 

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

 

 

 

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat Review

You probably won’t believe me when I say I don’t actually wear a lot of metallic or shimmery eyeshadows. As much as I love them, and believe me I do, my go-to are mattes.  And scorched, deliciously rich warm toned mattes, now that is what my dreams are made of. I know the market is over-saturated with warm tones, and people may be beginning to tire of the same concept over and over. But there are no complaints here. Oranges, peaches and reds really play up my blue eyes and I am not even close to getting bored of these hot fire shades.

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The Naked Heat palette caught my eye as soon as it was released and boy did it deliver. Creamy, pigmented mattes that translate on the eye and simply stunning shimmers that deliver the most beautiful looks. To this day it is one of my favourite palettes. But, having said that the shimmers just don’t get the love that they deserve from me and because my life is a little unpredictable at the moment, I find myself being drawn to more user friendly, practical and purse sized products.

Enter the Naked Petite Heat palette –  cue angelic singing.

This little pocket rocket is seriously the answer to my prayers. It boasts 6 new shades in one palm-sized little palette. But the question is, does it live up to the hype? Are the shades and formula up to the usual Urban Decay high standard? Let’s see.

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The packaging is a hard sturdy plastic with a clip closure. The front is emblazoned with flames and roses. The pan sizes are quite generous for the size of the overall product (They’re actually the same size as the naked palettes) and the mirror is really decent. tick, tick, tick.

Now, on to the important bits. There are 5 complete matte shades and one demi-matte highlight, which I think is a really clever inclusion in the palette. As expected the Naked Petite Heat is a bevy of warm shades that would compliment any eye colour.

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There is a decent amount of functionality; There are beautiful muted transition shades and rich crease colours. The darkest shade works well to create depth and is great as a liner or to smoke out your look. You may not be able to create a huge range of eye looks, but honestly, what 6 pan matte palette would give you crazy versatility with never-ending looks? Yeah, not many at all.

The formula is gorgeous. These are damn good mattes. They are smooth, buttery, pigmented and not in the slightest bit chalky. They apply really well and blend out even better.  These shadows are really fuss free, you don’t have to work to hard to get your desired effect, plus they have minimal fall out.

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The only partially negative I can mention is that it is quite possible that you may already own similar shades within your collection. I mean, they aren’t ground-breaking colours. But having said that, I think the appeal of the product is its size and having all those complimentary shades right there in your hand, in one tidy little high-quality palette.

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These days I am mostly applying my makeup in a rush so this palette is absolutely perfect for me, I cannot fault it. I think this is a great little palette for the beginner, or someone starting out with their warm-toned looks. Or, of course, someone like me, who loves warm-toned mattes and stick to the same kind of looks.

 

This smoking hot little number drops at Mecca Maxima on May 1st.

Does this tickle your fancy? Will you be adding this to your cart?

 

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

My Eyebrow Feathering Cosmetic Tattoo Experience – Sydney Permanent Make-up Centre

My experience with Eyebrow tattooing via Sydney Permanent Make-Up Centre

 

Imagine a world where you could wake up with perfect brows everyday, without any effort.  I don’t know about you, but that’s my kind of heaven.

As a beauty tragic, my teenage years were spent plucking and preening my eyebrows to the point of almost disfigurement. Now that I know the importance of a strong brow, I religiously get my brows waxed and tinted once a month, but it can become expensive and tiresome, especially when I still need to fill them in most days. Although I have a decent amount of hair there, they are pretty patchy and uneven.  I have always struggled with the shape, especially on my right brow where the arch in pretty non-existent.

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Uneven and patchy brows

I have been curious about cosmetic tattooing, and micro-blading but I had heard not-so-positive feedback and honestly it was something that made me a little nervous. After I was given the opportunity* to give it a go, I jumped at the chance. Being even more time poor now as a mother, I thought this was as good a time as any.  Rita and the team at Sydney Permanent Make-Up Centre had an fabulous reputation and all the reviews were glowing.

Rita has 26 years (!) of experience in cosmetic tattooing and even teaches her own masterclass. Rita also explained that she has a particular passion for medical tattooing including nipples for mastectomy patients and scar camouflage. I could not be in better hands.

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The Process

I was a touch nervous the morning of, I mean it is a tattoo at the end of the day, but as soon as I walked into the clinic my mind was at ease. The clinic was gorgeous, I felt confident that Rita would do an incredible job.

First up, Rita examined my brows and filled them in with a pencil to get the idea of shape. After we were both happy with the shape, we discussed technique and colour. I had in my mind that my brows would be mircobladed, but Rita assured me that cosmetic tattooing was the way to go, as I already had hair there and I just needed more definition. The tattoo would still give off the illusion of brow hairs but it would just make my brows fuller and more sharp. Plus the tattoo option would be longer lasting (about 2 years) – win, win.

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Numbing cream has been applied

Numbing cream was applied while Rita organised her equipment. The first round of tattooing was fairly painful and it did make my eyes water – however it wasn’t unbearable and it was as expected.  This first round of tattooing allowed the numbing cream to penetrate further which really eased the pain for the remainder of the procedure. Rita was thorough but quick, ensuring we were both happy with the result. The whole procedure from walking in the clinic to walking out only lasted an hour – I couldn’t believe it. Rita explained that she does work particularly quick due to her many years of experience. As I left the clinic, I felt extremely positive about not only the result, but the whole experience.

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After the first round of tattooing

Healing 

Immediately afterwards my eyebrows felt like they were on fire. But as the day wore on the pain eased and soon there was no pain at all. After-care required me to apply cream 4 times a day for the next two weeks, among a few other details.

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Brows immediately after

Day 1 – My brows felt tender and looked extremely dark

Day 3 – There was no pain whatsoever, and scabs began to form

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Day 3

Day 5 – I noticed some slight colour fading. My brows were extremely itchy and scabby. It took every fibre of my being not to scratch. As I wiped away the Vaseline after my shower, I noticed that there was a lot of peeling and quite a few scabs came away

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Day 7

Day 7 – Brows looked and felt amazing. Scabbing was now at a minimum and they were only a  little itchy

After a week, my brows had faded a fair bit but looked incredibly natural. They itched occasionally but otherwise I felt like they had almost completely healed.

 

Results 

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Eyebrows before
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Brows fully heeled – no product

I am ridiculously happy with my brows, in fact, I could not be happier. However, I do think I will need to go back for a touch up as some areas just need a tiny bit more of a fill in, but that is normal. I cannot recommend the procedure, Rita, or SPMC enough. At no point throughout the journey did I feel unsure and I was provided with an incredible amount of support and information. I have received so many compliments about the shape of my brows and I am loving waking up each morning with my brows already looking on-point, and I love that the results should last 2 whole years  It saves me so much time in the morning, and I feel so much more confident not wearing makeup. Seriously, I cannot gush over my brows enough.

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It is a procedure that I would happily do again. The process and pain is definitely worth the results. I now will tell anyone who will listen how amazing cosmetic tattooing is.

A HUGE thank you to Rita and the team for looking after me so well. Please please please ask me if you have any questions as at all – I felt so much more comfortable with the procedure after I had more information about it. I want everyone to be able to experience perfect brows all day every day.

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although this procedure was provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

BECCA Bright Eyes Collection – REVIEW

BECCA Cosmetics Bright Eyes – This collection sees the addition of two new products to their range – an Anti-Fatigue Primer and a Brightening Setting Powder. These in conjunction with the ever popular Under-Eye Brightening Corrector, which now has two shades, make up the Bright Eyes line.

Beauty Babes,

If you caught my current favourites post, you would have seen me briefly mention the brand new Becca Bright Eyes Collection*. This collection sees the addition of two new products to their range – an Anti-Fatigue Primer and a Brightening Setting Powder. These in conjunction with the ever popular Under-Eye Brightening Corrector, which now has two shades, make up the Bright Eyes line. I have been a long time lover of the Corrector and use it every time I wear make, and even often when I’m not. So, it makes sense that I was ridiculously excited to see this launch.

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PRODUCT BREAK DOWN

Anti-Fatigue Eye Primer

What they say –

Coverage can only go so far. This priming balm instantly smoothens and blurs fine lines while reducing puffiness over time. Infused with cucumber, Matcha Green Tea and Caffeine, the sheer and velvety texture effortlessly melts into the skin to condition the eye area. This primer perfectly preps the skin for corrector and concealer application, so makeup never creases or looks cakey.

Yes, I can see how this can come across as gimmicky, but just this once I am going to allow myself to buy into this unnecessary, but beautiful product. Ever since becoming a mum, I have struggled with tired looking eyes and dark circles; a new found problem, that previously I never had to deal with.

This balm is cool to the touch and feels so lovely on the skin. It glides over my delicate under-eye area and it instantly feels refreshed. There is no greasy residue and the skin certainly does look and feel smoother and brighter – the perfect canvas for colour correcting and concealing. I find that my concealer does sit better on my skin and creasing is kept to a minimum when this is used as a prep step. I also really enjoy the cooling effect and the way it blurs out any fine lines.

It is one of those products that isn’t absolutely necessary when it comes to concealing dark circles, but it sure does help. Plus I find the application really enjoyable and a step that has seamlessly slotted into my usual makeup routine.

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Under-Eye Brightening Corrector

What they say –

Infused with ultrafine light-reflecting illuminators, this rich luminescent cream won’t settle into fine lines or wrinkles as it preps skin for smooth, even concealer coverage. It pairs perfectly with the Ultimate Coverage Concealing Crème to conceal, colour correct, and brighten the under-eye area.

Becca have finally released a new shade in this cult-status product. I have always loved the peach shade, as it counteracts the grey tones under the eye, and it works perfectly for me, but there is no way ladies with a darker skin tones could get away with it. So it is about bloody time.

There are definitely a few tricks in applying this sticky product. Firstly you just have to warm it up between your fingers before you apply, otherwise it isn’t going to blend in very well. I find it best to pat into the skin to reduce the amount of creasing and it definitely needs to be set.  The formula is quite thick and a little goes a very long way, and things can get into hot mess territory very quickly.  But once you know how to work it, it really is unlike anything else.  So be prepared for a bit of trial and error, but the work is worth it.

The result is bright looking eyes, that aren’t creased or cakey looking, but instead a very natural and fresh finish. Fine lines are instantly blurred and the area is smooth AF. You can then add your usual concealer for ultimate bright eyes, but a lot of the time this set with a brightening powder works perfectly for me. I CANNOT live without this product, and that is really saying something.

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Under-Eye Brightening Setting Powder 

What they say –

This weightless and invisible loose powder instantly brightens and sets under-eye makeup for lasting wear. Infused with light-reflecting pearl powders, it instantly blurs the appearance of fine lines without settling.

Oh, hello! This powder is unreal. It is so ridiculously soft and light, I don’t think I have ever used a powder so finely milled. As I mentioned, the corrector certainly needs setting and this does the job brilliantly! It brightens, smooths, blurs and works miracles if you ask me. Sometimes, setting powders applied over a few layers of product can look heavy and ageing, but this just softens the area and in a way works like a snapchat filter. I do not have a bad thing to say about this littler wonder.

 

Overall Thoughts

What a range! Usually when a collection is released there is going to be a few duds, but not here, not for me anyway. Each of the products work well on their own, but create the most natural, perfecting finish I have ever seen when used together.  You could potentially be without the primer and still create a beautiful look, but I really enjoy it and will continue to use and love it. I would definitely recommend trying these babies out next time you are in Sephora.

Are dark circles and tired looking eyes something you struggle with? What is your holy grail product to cover or treat them?

 

Speak soon,

Camille x

 

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.