Friday, 29 July 2016

REVIEW: Maybelline Color Jolt Intense Lip Paint in 05 Stripped Down

When news hit that Maybelline was going to be releasing a product that very strongly seemed to resemble the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks, I'm pretty sure everyone went a little bit crazy. Or maybe that was just me. The Melted Lipsticks became a bit of a phenomenon in the beauty world, because there really was nothing like them on the market when they were released. I've tried a lot of liquid lipsticks in my time and most of them have always been a little too much for me as far as being really thick and shiny, but these were different. Anyway, the fact that there was possibly going to be a dupe in the drugstore was very, very exciting and the second I saw them on the shelf locally I grabbed the shade I'd been lusting after - the YLBB mauvey nude shade, clearly - and managed to hold myself back from buying more so that I could test out the formula before I went mad with lipstick power.

For my thoughts on this product, keep reading!

Thursday, 28 July 2016

WHAT'S IN MY TRAVEL BAG? Orlando July 2016

If you've been a long time reader of Prairie Beauty Love, you'll probably recognize this travel makeup bag from the What's In My Travel Bag post I did around this time last year when I was heading out to Toronto to visit some family. I decided to get a little more intense with what I'm showing you guys this time around for my trip out to Orlando for a girls weekend at Disney World and Wizarding World of Harry Potter for one of my best friend's 30th birthday! On top of my makeup picks, I'm also going to show you guys the makeup brushes I'm packing as well as what I'm taking for skin, hair and body care! I've got some of my personal favorite products, travel essentials, and a whole lot of samples in the mix.

So if you're interested in seeing the contents of my travel bag, keep reading!

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

MUST HAVE'S: My Top 5 Summer Beauty Must Haves

So, I wear a full face of makeup pretty much every day and things like foundation and concealer and eyeshadow are all pretty much year 'round must have's for me, but in the summer there are a few things that I don't tend to reach for so much in the winter that are suddenly on the Must Have list and I decided to write about them for you guys today. Now, this isn't so much about specific products so much as types of products, because it's definitely more about the type of product than the product itself that makes it a Summer Must Have for me.

So if you're interested in seeing the Top 5 things that I absolutely must have in the summer, keep reading!

Monday, 25 July 2016

REVIEW: Batiste Dry Shampoo Clean & Classic Original*

*Product was provided for PR Purposes.

See, the thing is... I'm a bit of a junkie for dry shampoo. It's funny, when I met my boyfriend 3 years ago he had very short hair and had never even heard of dry shampoo... but now that he lives with a beauty junkie, he's grown his hair, traded the barber for a stylist, and freshens up his hair with dry shampoo rather than giving it a full wash every day. Oh, and he uses conditioner now, but that's a tale for another day. Anyway, I love me some dry shampoo and I go through bottles of it. Oddly enough, since this Batiste Dry Shampoo in the Clean & Fresh Original Scent* is pretty much the OG of widely available dry shampoos, I hadn't ever tried it until recently. I know, right? While I'd used a couple of the other varieties, including the one for dark hair and the Tropical scent (still my favorite...) I'd skipped out on trying this one for some reason.

Now that I've been trying it out for a while, keep reading to see what I think of it!

Friday, 22 July 2016


I swear, I was planning on decluttering some of my face palettes... but I just couldn't do it. I'm a sucker for palettes with a lot of options. Even though I'm not a huge traveler, they're great for taking on the go and I just love being able to reach for one thing and having a lot of options. And my options are from the most affordable dollar store makeup to the most gorgeous, luxurious high end, so there's a lot to work with here for every budget. And like I proved in my Makeup Collection & Declutter: Blushes post, I have a bit of an obsession when it comes to blushes and... okay, I feel a little bit embarrassed about it now that my collection is on the internet - but I feel NO SHAME.

Anyway, if you wanna see my still-cluttered collection of face palettes with mini-reviews - keep reading!

Thursday, 21 July 2016

REVIEW: VICHY Pureté Thermale Cleansing Routine #VichyWorksForMe*

*Product was provided for review.

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll know that VICHY is actually a favorite skin care brand of mine. I feel like their products are affordable, effective, widely available, and there's something for pretty much every skin type so anyone can find something that will work for them. Recently, as a member of ChickAdvisor, I had the opportunity to try out their Pureté Thermale Cleansing Routine*. While I had tried one of the products before, I was actually already a huge fan of it, the other two were new to me and I was excited to give them a try. I've been using these products consistently for the past three weeks and I'm ready to give my review.

If you're interested in hearing about my experience, keep reading!

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

SUBSCRIPTION: Ipsy July 2016

I've come to a bit of a conclusion when it comes to how I feel about my Ipsy bag when I first open my Glam Room in comparison to when I actually open the bag. I think that when I first open my Glam Room, I'm a little preoccupied with what I didn't get, so I definitely feel some disappointment, but once I have some distance from that and I actually have the products in my hands I end up feeling differently. I wasn't entirely excited about this month's bag when I opened my Glam Room, but now that I have the products in front of me I'm actually really happy with the curation of this month's bag for me. Anyone else feel this way?

Now, keep reading to take a look at what I got this month!

Tuesday, 19 July 2016


So. Let's talk Cream Blush. Of all the types of face products I have in my collection, this is probably the smallest collection because I just don't reach for cream blush all that often. That being said, I think there are some great cream blush options and for people with dry to very dry skin cream blush can be a bit of a skin savior because it doesn't make your skin look dry and parched. In the winter... that's me! I definitely had some cream blushes in my collection that needed to go though, so it was definitely time for a clean out!

Keep reading to take a look!

Monday, 18 July 2016

REVIEW: Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Toothpaste*

*Product was provided for PR Purposes.

I drink coffee. A lot of coffee. Anyone else who drinks a lot of coffee will know why that's the first thing I'm mentioning in a review of toothpaste. For those of you who don't... Coffee can be very staining for your teeth and I find that if I don't use a good whitening toothpaste, my teeth look dull and not even the most perfect blue based red lipstick can bring them to life. I don't whiten my teeth, because I worry that it'll make my teeth more sensitive than they already are... and also because I'm lazy, but I do absolutely want a bright, beautiful smile just like everyone else. Anyway, recently I've been trying out the Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Toothpaste* and I feel like my coffee drinking ways really put it to the test.

Keep reading for more!

Thursday, 14 July 2016

REVIEW: ProFusion Studio Highlight Palette

Sometimes when I go into Winners, I'm tempted by good prices to try things that I might not otherwise have picked up. I'm actually not a big fan of highlighter palettes because I feel like there's probably only a shade or two in each palette that I'll be able to use. Of course, for $6.99, I'm not too worried about whether or not I'm going to get use out of all of the shades and it seems like it's worth a try. So, recently I picked up this ProFusion Studio Highlight Palette in hopes that there might be a shade or two in here that I can make work for my skin. I've been testing it out and I'm ready to give you guys my review!

Keep reading for more!