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Beso Beauty https://besobeauty.com Thu, 08 Jun 2017 22:24:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 https://i0.wp.com/besobeauty.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2zdrslj.jpg?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Beso Beauty https://besobeauty.com 32 32 125472119 The Brush Collection That Every Makeup Junkie Should Own https://besobeauty.com/the-brush-collection-that-every-makeup-junkie-should-own/ https://besobeauty.com/the-brush-collection-that-every-makeup-junkie-should-own/#comments Mon, 15 May 2017 23:04:57 +0000 https://besobeauty.com/?p=416 Vanity_Planet_Brush_Review

Who doesn’t love a good deal on makeup brushes? If you’re on the hunt for a set of cruelty-free and vegan brushes that won’t break the bank, then continue reading – you just might like what you see; I even have a code for you to save 70% of the entire set!

Vanity Planet kindly sent me a couple items from their store to test out in my everyday beauty routine. The first was this entire set (15pc) of super soft makeup brushes, which even came with a lovely durable faux leather pouch. I must say, I appreciated this because it makes it so much easier to store (and find) my new brushes, while also making them easy to travel with.


The set includes the following 15 brushes, with the following uses, per their instruction booklet:


  • Kabuki Brush – to apply mineral powder
  • Powder/Blush Brush – to apply powder foundation and blush
  • Flat Top Stippling Brush – to apply light powder or creamy products
  • Angled Contour Brush – for blending and contouring
  • Liquid Foundation Brush – to apply liquid foundation
  • Large Fan Brush – to apply blush, blending, highlights, and for brushing off excess powder
  • Concealer Brush – for concealing a concentrated area
  • Medium Blender – for blending
  • Smudging Brush – to smudge specific area of a smoky eye
  • Crease Shader – for controlled application of shadow on eye creases
  • Large Domed Shader – to shade powders and moisturizer-based products
  • Precision Concealer – to apply concealer to small, targeted areas
  • Rounded Liner Brush – for applying cream eyeliner products
  • Angled Lining Brush – for precise eyeliner application
  • Lip Liner Brush with cap – to apply lip liner for a smooth contour


While the instruction guide is helpful in getting a general idea of what brushes normally do what job, I’m not always one to follow the “rules”, so I did end up using a few of them outside of the suggested uses shown here. I always advise to do what you are most comfortable with.

Each brush is so soft – possibly the softest I have come across yet! The handles are made of bamboo and are comfortable to grip, and the 100% synthetic bristles don’t seem to me shedding as I’ve been using them thus far; for the most part, they pick up product very well.

I was thrilled to have some new face brushes to work with while doing my daily makeup. The kabuki isn’t as dense as it appears to be but it did a wonderful job at general bronzing the larger areas of my face, as well as around my collarbone and chest. The large powder brush (probably my favourite of the set) works well at setting your face with powder; I also enjoy using this with blushes that I go a bit heavier handed on, as this picks up product well.


The flat top stippling brush is one that I still haven’t quite figured out how to best use from the set, for me. I normally exclusively wear liquid foundations and it does not easily apply that, as the brush is quite flimsy. What I have done with it so far, is use to buff in my foundation after I’ve applied it using my sponge. I don’t see noticeable streaks, but it doesn’t quite give a finished look for the products I use – foundation wise. In the future, I am going to experiment using this with cream contour, as I can see that possibly being the best way to use this one.

Another brush that I found to be a bit flimsy for my liking was the angled contour brush. This is not something you would be happy using if you’re going for a chiseled look, but if you are wanting a natural contour – it would be perfect. Because of the give of the bristles, it’s best to use this with a lighter hand; I did find that using this to blend out contour worked well.


The liquid foundation brush is one of those recommended use ones that I just cannot follow. I apply my foundation with sponges, as I feel it gives me the best finish. My everyday foundation dries pretty quickly so using a wet sponge rather than a brush means I won’t end up with a patchy application. Using the brush, it took too long to apply versus my sponge. While I did experiment using it to apply undereye concealer (I still needed to blend with my fingers because of the size of the brush), I found the perfect use for it outside of makeup use. I LOVE using this to apply my face masks! I will be adding another brush to the roll to replace this one, so I can keep it for my skincare instead.

The fan brush is nothing special to me. It is a lovely light regular fan brush. It picks up a good amount of product and applies it softly to your face. It worked well to brush away excess setting powder on my face as well. They call it “large”, however I would say it is normal sized.


The larger concealer brush I actually use on my eyes for shadow. It is the perfect size to pat on your shadow colours on your eyelids. If I wasn’t using it for shadow, I could see myself using it to help apply and pat in cream concealer or color correcting creams. The smudge brush is another one of my favourites – I’m a smudging kinda gal! I don’t use proper liner on most days. Instead, I use a darker eye shadow and smudge it out to create a bit of depth on my eyes. This brush has the perfect amount of stiffness to it to do this job perfectly and it is wonderfully soft in the process.


The medium blender and crease shader brushes I kind of use interchangeably to blend eye shadow. The medium blender has a little more give to the bristles, so it helps in creating soft edges on your outer corners and at the crease of your eyelid. The shader, is perfect for packing on shadow in the crease and blending it out – it is great for adding a bit more colour underneath your eyes and softening out any smudge lines you are already working with.


I found the domed shader to be similar to the concealer brush from earlier, except it was a bit stiffer (although still soft). I ended up using this in the same way – packing on eye shadow. I loved using the precision concealer brush for my inner corners and browbone highlights rather than for applying concealer. Since I already am using a combination of other brushes to line my eyes, I found the best use of the rounded liner brush to be for spot concealing.


I don’t do too much to my eyebrows – I still am working on how to best work with mine, but I tried using the angled brush to help fill in lighter gaps with both powder and gel. It worked as I expected it too, but it is a little bit large for the area. I found this to be useful in applying my shadow that I use to line my eyes. The lip brush is a nice addition to the set, although I’m not too happy with the lid. It’s a very thin metal, so I can see this probably being damaged in the future, but for now, it fits snugly over the brush to protect it from being contaminated in between uses. I use the brush to pick up a bit of colour off lipsticks or pots (I hate using my fingers). The application of product is smooth and the brush is stiff enough that you could even line your lips using it. I’m not sure if you’re meant to attach the cap onto the end of the brush to make the handle longer, but I find when I do that, it wobbles as there are no notches in the cap to connect. This does mean you have quite a small handle to work with.


After using most of the brushes daily to create my looks, I do find that all the brushes work well with powder products, however, I don’t find using liquids to be as much of a positive experience.  I prefer not to use brushes for liquid products such as foundation, so this is definitely not a deal breaker for me. There are quite a bit of similar types of brushes for the eyes, I almost wish this included at least one more larger face brush to use in place. The one brush I was missing from this set is a spooly for eyebrows. I also wish that the brushes had names/numbers on the handles so that I could refer to specific ones when wanting to provide information for tutorials and what not.

Overall I am quite happy with the set and look forward to continuing using these. I am 110% happy with the fact that they are vegan and cruelty free brushes.

Notable favourites: Powder brush, smudging brush, crease shader

As I mentioned before, I have an awesome deal for you courtesy of VP, who are offering my readers 70% off this set of brushes! You can get these for a steal, especially for beginners or those looking to delve more into beauty. They even offer a yearlong warranty!  Feel free to use the code BBPalette70 at checkout to get your brush collection discount.


Take a peek at what VP has to offer:



Which brushes do you currently use? Would you consider making a swap to a vegan and cruelty-free set like Vanity Planet’s?

I received the mentioned product and discount code complimentary through BrandBacker in exchange for my opinion.

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BOXYCHARM – The Good, The Bad, The Subscription | April https://besobeauty.com/boxycharm-the-good-the-bad-the-subscription-april/ https://besobeauty.com/boxycharm-the-good-the-bad-the-subscription-april/#comments Mon, 08 May 2017 22:23:57 +0000 https://besobeauty.com/?p=402 April may be over but neither the hype, nor the disappointment from those to receive Boxycharm has died down. The theme for April’s box was BOHO GLOW. It felt like the products in the box were more on theme, compared to March’s Creepy Cute, so that was a nice change.

Every month you are sent FIVE FULL SIZED products for about $21 (this varies a few dollars depending on your subscription type).


Products that everyone received:

OFRA Rodeo Drive Highlighter

One of the most anticipated items for April was the OFRA Rodeo Drive Highlighter.  This beautiful baby has a value of $35.00. It seems like most people’s highlighter came damaged, but mine was only minor so I cannot complain too much. I’ve used this a couple times already as a highlight and it is just stunning! Because I’m a little older, I normally don’t think highlighters work for me in the traditional sense, so I often use them as eye shadow, however, I can see that this product will be universal for me!


For those who were already receiving the subscription, it was said we would be receiving one of two PUR products: The blending sponges, or brushes. I happened to receive the Blend Squad 3-PC Contour Blending Sponges, valued at $36.00.

The bright colours on these are adorable and perfect for the spring and summer months ahead! They are quite firm, but you can break them in and *should* use them wet. I love that they are half round and half angled – makes for a great application, depending on the product you are using. I still prefer my Quo Blending Sponge to apply my foundation, but the PUR sponges are A+ for contouring.

Measurable Difference Concealer Palette

This concealer palette showed a value of $19.99, however, people were finding it in their local stores for as low as 5.00. Mine came a little damaged, but was completely useable, so again, I can’t complain too much. This baby has 16 shades that can be used on most any skin tone! Some are more creamy than others, but I found if I mix a little bit of facial oil with the cream, they work well enough to blend. The colours are a bit too dark for concealing I think (on my light skin tone), nor did they cover well, so I have been using this more as a cream contour and colour correcting kit.


Variable items:

*Boxycharm often has variations for a couple items in their boxes*

Hairgurt Smoothing Yogurt Shampoo

I was not too thrilled when I saw this in my box (those who didn’t get this, got a serum). Boxy had previously had the hair mask from this same line in a box months back, which I don’t like to use…I’m forcing myself to finish it this month. I will not be opening this shampoo and testing this out to review it properly because I would rather give it away or trade it to someone that will enjoy it more. For those that are curious – it is supposed to be meant for frizzy, dry and damaged hair. This is valued at $10.00.

Allegory Lip Gloss in Plato’s Cave

This lip gloss has a value of $15 and I must say, I am glad I received this more than the Cargo gloss the others did – terrible reviews. The packaging on this is so cute and the applicator works traditionally well. The colour is a light brown and is medium coverage – semi-sheer, but it is buildable to be dark and opaque. It isn’t sticky and applies evenly. Apparently, it is vanilla scented, but I’m not sure if I pick up that completely or not – it IS scented, however, so luckily I’m not sensitive to it.

I made an unboxing video for April’s box, where you can see the items in action as well as see my first reactions before trying everything out (sometimes that’s a fun thing to see – so please check it out and show me some love, if you’re curious).

I have already seen 3 or 4 sneak peaks for May’s box, and I ‘m on the fence about my excitement, but I will make sure to share my goodies with you when they arrive.

Do you get any subscription boxes? I’d love to hear your experiences with Boxycharm or others! Suggest me some too!

If you’re curious about Boxycharm, you can check it out and/or subscribe: HERE.



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Amazing and Not so Amazing Product Empties I March 2017 https://besobeauty.com/amazing-and-not-so-amazing-product-empties-i-march-2017/ https://besobeauty.com/amazing-and-not-so-amazing-product-empties-i-march-2017/#comments Thu, 13 Apr 2017 22:45:24 +0000 https://besobeauty.com/?p=379 I completely missed out on filming empties for the month of March, BUT it’s not to late for a post right?! 🙂

It usually takes me a few months to go through full size products because I am always going through deluxe samples or foil packs that I get with orders or for free through the mail. If you’re looking for where to pick these freebies up, make sure to bookmark my Freebies & Deals page, as I will soon be releasing those links! After the new year I went through a purge of all expired products and empties, so I don’t have too much for you this time, but I do have a small mix of goodies!

It always gives you a bit of a sense of accomplishment when you get through an item doesn’t it?

Any items with * next to them I would repurchase and recommend! 

Empty Hair and Body Wash

Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Shampoo *

L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Power Moisture Hydrating Shampoo

 Suave Naturals Creamy Cocoa Butter & Shea Body Wash

I am one of the biggest tea drinkers you will ever know. Now I don’t save all of the little bags and boxes I usually go through but I did have this one still outside of the bin. I probably go through 3 or so boxes of tea a month. If you have any suggestions on brands or varieties, please let me know in the comments – I love finding new ones to drink! I do often make my own mixes as well with herbs I have on hand – love doing that!

English Breakfast Tea

Twinings Tea, English Breakfast, 50Count *

Wipes are another thing I love! I know they don’t remove all of the makeup and dirt on your face, for that I will use oils, but they are refreshing and I go through a lot of generic ones just from wiping makeup swatches off or cleaning my desk.

empty wipes

Equate Original Clean Facial Cleansing Towelettes *

Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes, Cucumber and Sage

Yes to Blueberries Facial Towelettes (I prefer Blueberry) *

Aloe & Cucumber With Green Tea Facial Cleansing Wipes Fueled With Antioxidants For Pure Complexion & Rejuvenated Cells

March 2017 face Empties

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Intensive Peel *

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel *

March 2017 Empties

Secret Outlast Antiperspirant & Deodorant Invisible Solid, Sport Fresh

Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

Life Brand Clear Action Blackhead Astringent

Pur Minerals 4-In-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Light

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask: * Use coupon code: HYDRATE to receive a week’s supply of Water Sleeping Mask on every order directly through their site.

Ah! Good ole’ foil samples. I go through many of these!

March 2017 Empties


AHAVA Time to Hydrate Essential Day Moisturizer *

AHAVA Time to Clear Purifying Mud Mask *

Love Life Skin Restorative Night Cream

Giovanni Cosmetics Dtox System Purifying Facial Cleanser Step 1 *

Cosrx Bha Blackhead Power Liquid

L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream *

Guerlain Abeille Royale Night Cream

Natural Style FUBU Deep Conditioner & Co-Wash

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Touchably Full Shampoo

John Frieda Full Repair – Full Body Shampoo & Conditioner

Dove Quench Absolute Ultra Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner

Giovanni Golden Wheat Shampoo for Normal to Oily Hair *


That’s it! Hopefully I will have more of a variety of things for you for the month of April, as I am working on using up other products.  Perhaps I’ll have time for a video too!

Would you like to see any reviews on these products?

What have you used up recently?

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Batiste’s Promising New Dry Shampoo will Change Your Hair https://besobeauty.com/batistes-promising-new-dry-shampoo-will-change-your-hair/ https://besobeauty.com/batistes-promising-new-dry-shampoo-will-change-your-hair/#comments Wed, 05 Apr 2017 06:55:11 +0000 https://besobeauty.com/?p=350 I never realized that dry shampoo was a common product until I hit my early 30’s – I guess I was just that clueless. I often used baby powder to get the same effect of absorbing day(s) after wash hair. So, it wasn’t until the last few years until I started trying dry shampoos.

For a little background on my hair: it is thin, straight, flat, and never holds a style. Due to this, normally I wear it up or suck it up and wear it down all boring like. I am always quite skeptical of volumizing hair products simply because they hardly ever work for me, so when I was chosen to review and sent a bottle of the new Batiste Heavenly Volume Dry Shampoo thanks to a ChickAdvisor campaign, I was hoping to find a winner, just as I did with my last campaign for Baby Dove.

Batiste Heavenly Volume Dry Shampoo Campaign from ChickAdvisor
Batiste Heavenly Volume Dry Shampoo Campaign from ChickAdvisor
Batiste Heavenly Volume Dry Shampoo Ingredients
Batiste Heavenly Volume Dry Shampoo Ingredients

The product is packaged in a bright and colourful metal aerosol can. The nozzle is textured on top for a nice grip when spraying and I found (so far) that it has not allowed product to excessively build up and clog from use. This is a scented product, so be aware of that if you normally avoid those. It has a light sweet and powder smell to it, which does linger on your hair.

Dry Shampoo Nozzle
Dry Shampoo Nozzle

A concern when using dry shampoos is always the white cast the product leaves when spraying it on your hair. The Batiste Heavenly Volume Dry Shampoo is no exception to this concern. If you have blonde hair, you might not have an issue, but if you’re a brunette, like myself, or any other hair colour, you’re going to notice this. With that being said, you can still work with it and be fine. In fact, I found the only real problem with this (for me), was the amount of static my hair had when using this.

The first time I used this Dry Shampoo, I used it on 2-day hair. It worked well to add a bit of volume while I wore my hair down. I didn’t mess too much with styling or teasing to just see the effect of a small amount. Since my hair wasn’t entirely oily yet, I didn’t notice any cons other than needing to work to make sure the white cast didn’t linger, and that it was slightly staticy.

Whit cast from spray
White cast from spray

When this first arrived, I was on day 3 hair (2nd day without washing). There was a white cast, which went away after allowing the product to absorb and working it into the roots. It worked well to add a bit of volume and I loved the amount of oil it absorbed. I didn’t mess too much with styling or teasing to just see the effect of using it. There was volume that stuck around through the day, even without teasing. Overall, it ticked the boxes of volume and oil absorbing. I didn’t notice any cons other than needing to work to make sure the white cast didn’t linger, and that it was slightly staticy. My hair smelled great too!

I normally can go about 2 days after washing and using product before my hair starts to become oily. This time I waited those two days and then used the Batiste Dry Shampoo again. So here we were on day 3 again and I wanted to try keeping my hair down. I could do so but it took quite a while to get my hair manageable. After rubbing the product into my hair after allowing it to absorb oil, I was left with slightly tangled and textured hair, but not in a cute I can leave it this way and be fine kind of way. I had to brush the ends and there was SO MUCH STATIC to my hair! I tried combing the opposite sides ends and same thing. I was forced to use anti-frizz product, which took a lot of the volume back out of my hair, but at least I didn’t look like Cousin It had touched a light socket.

Static: Left side not brushed, Right side brushed
Static: Left side not brushed, Right side brushed

Front view of static – left on photo is without brushing ends of hair, right is brushed

Side view of static
Side view of static

Side view of static (after brushing ends of hair)

Volume from dry shampoo after 2 minutes absorbing and massaging into scalp
Volume from dry shampoo after 2 minutes absorbing and massaging into scalp

I am torn about this product, but I think I will continue to work with it because I love the volumizing results and have the time to correct the downfalls. I can see myself using this for creating more updos, but when not styling and staying home, I think it will be of benefit as well. I would still recommend it, as my experience might be different to yours, as far as the static goes, which was the only real negative for me. Below is my quick breakdown, as well as some tips.

This is the volume I got after allowing to absorb 2 minutes and massaging into roots.

Volume loss after using hair oil to tame static
Volume loss after using hair oil to tame static

Even with the volume loss from using hair oil to tame the static, I was left with a lot of volume (for me) – yes my hair is THAT flat. xD

Lovely light and fresh smell
Volume promise fulfilled

White cast (workable if you use properly)
Static (perhaps only for certain hair types?)
Scented (downfall for some who don’t like fragranced products)

Tips to remember:
Spray a few inches away from your head
Spray in short bursts
Let the product sit on your hair for 1-2 minutes
Massage into scalp – bonus volume if you flip your head over while doing so
Avoid heavy brushing/combing if possible to retain more volume

Thank you again to Batiste and Chickadvisor for giving me the opportunity to test this dry shampoo product complimentary in exchange for my honest opinion.

Do you use Dry Shampoo? Let me know what brand you recommend!

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Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture – NEW Product Review https://besobeauty.com/baby-dove-sensitive-moisture-new-product-review/ https://besobeauty.com/baby-dove-sensitive-moisture-new-product-review/#comments Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:42:28 +0000 https://besobeauty.com/?p=298 I have had the great pleasure of getting to test out a few products of Baby Dove’s newest line of sensitive products, thanks to an influencer opportunity through ChickAdvisor. I had applied for the campaign being honest about not currently having a baby – I was surprised to have been chosen, and was happy to test out what was sent to me none-the-less.

The box arrived beautifully packed with a springy shade of light blue tissue paper. I snapped a few photos right away and excitedly posted to social media.


I was sent the Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Tip to Toe Wash, Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Lotion, and Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Wipes.

The line boasts:

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Tear free
  • Opthalmologist/Dermatoligist/Pediatrician tested
  • Mild and gentle for sensitive skin

Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Tip to Toe Wash

I love that this has a pump rather than being a squeeze tube or a capped product, as it helps to keep the area and bottle less messy, not to mention that there is no struggle dispensing the wash using one hand. You can lock and unlock the pump by twisting it from side to side.


This product is fragrance free and is a thick, gentle and creamy formula. A little goes a long way! This lathers well as a sort of cream on its own without water, but thins and bubbles up slightly when added. It rinses off with no issues and leaves the skin clean and residue free. I am not too sure that I would agree this was hydrating – I do feel that this was slightly drying, so lotion needed to be applied afterward.

 Wash swatch

  Lather without water


Later with water

Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Lotion

“gently moisturizes skin for 24 hours”

This is my favourite product out of the new Baby Dove sensitive line! This formula is scent free and is a medium to light creamy consistency. It is gentle and no irritation was observed even on more sensitive areas. It leaves a slight tacky feeling to the skin when it is first applied, but after about a minute, it soaks in completely and is smooth. I found this to be hydrating, even lasting the 24 hours that it claimed. Even on adult skin (I loved using it on my elbows), this lotion kept the skin smooth and hydrated into the next day.

Lotion swatch

After loving the packing and pump of the body wash, I was a little let down that this was a squeeze bottle. You need to be careful to let out just the right amount because you either trap air in the bottle, or need to squeeze a bunch in to get the product out and it can sometimes surprise you and jump out. Other than that, I have no complaints about this product. I would still purchase this even if the packaging were not changed. *I now see that the larger bottles of lotion have a pump*

Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Wipes

“as gentle as water with instant moisturization”

I am a wipe fanatic – I used them every day. I was excited to be testing out something specifically for sensitive skin. These, however, fell a bit short for me. The most disappointing thing about these is the lack of moisture in the wipe itself. If you’re wanting to use them as a quick wipe down of an area or even the whole body, you would be able to do so, but they do not have the moisture or texture to take care of large messes or tacky/dried substances.

The wipe is thin and large to begin with, but can even be stretched lengthwise to be longer than a forearm. This completely removes any texture on the wipe, but that is almost non existent anyway. They cannot be stretched width wise and take a considerable amount of force to tear, so they are durable enough in that sense. These were not irritating, other than the fact that they dry up quickly so you can’t use them for a long period of time. I did not notice a sent or any irritation when testing these out, which was great!

Texture of wipe


Normal size of wipe


Stretched size of wipe

Overall, if you’re using on someone with sensitive skin for a general wipe down, this would be a good product to use, but if you’re looking to clean up any type of mess, you’ll want to skip these.


Would I recommend these products?

I would hands down – no questions say yes to the lotion any day. I have never had a lotion last into the next day! The skin on my body, other than my face, is frequently super dry, so I am happy to continue using this product even as an adult. As for the wash, I would say go for it, if you or your baby have skin that isn’t very dry, otherwise you will probably find that you need to use lotion immediately after. I would skip the wipes if you are looking for something to remove makeup or clean up a messy baby bottom. They are sturdy, but the lack of texture and moisture is a problem.

I hope you enjoyed hearing about how I liked these new products.

What do you use currently? What are your thoughts on these new Dove products?

I received these products complimentary in exchange for my honest review. 

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Terrible Tuesday – Bad Product Reviews https://besobeauty.com/terrible-tuesday-bad-product-reviews/ https://besobeauty.com/terrible-tuesday-bad-product-reviews/#comments Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:26:46 +0000 https://besobeauty.com/?p=128 It’s been a little while, so hello again and thank you for sticking around the last couple of months while I’ve been hidden away in a cave. If you’re new here – welcome!

For those that weren’t aware, I had a few family and friends die just before Christmas and through the start of the new year. I started a new semester of school in January as well, so between all of the coursework on higher level courses and struggling to stay afloat emotional wise, I kept away from social media for the most part. Over the last week, I’ve been starting to feel better, minus the stress of school, so I have been trying to get back into the groove of interacting with all of your lovely faces.

In my time away, however, I was being a tad productive… I wrote a lot of reviews for products I would have normally put in empties videos and so, I shall also be sharing those with you here now and then until I have more time to get YouTube back up and running. If you didn’t hear, my MCN, MakerGen is downsizing from thousands of it’s creators, to around 300. This is because Disney feels it wants the channels to be of a certain genre with the opportunity to integrate these people into their shows. I unfortunately will be one of those cut I’m sure – I’m not a big face on YouTube and my content is not necessarily for families, so it’s just safe to say I’m included, especially since I received the dreaded generic “You’ll be hearing from us shortly” e-mail. With this looming over thousands of our heads, I’m not sure how I want to go about uploading more content – if I will do more blogging in the meantime, until everything is decided, or if I should just say screw it and continue to give them most of what I earn while they continue to not be supportive of their content creators. I would love to hear your opinions. Onto the actual post shall we?


Most of what you will see in this post will consist of things that are drugstore, or kind of middle of the road as far as products go. Anything marked with an asterisk (*) will note that the product mentioned was received for free, while those listed as “bb,” will let you know I received them in a beauty box of some kind. All sites and prices are listed in Canadian Dollars.

As a bit of a disclaimer: All of what I say here is just my opinion. Just because a product didn’t work for me well, or I did not happen to like it, doesn’t mean my word is final on it. If you love one of these because it works well for you then I am glad and I would love to hear your thoughts on what worked out.

Bad Products – Part 1

​Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base SPF 15 – [$30]

I am a big fan of Clinique products and I have used them for years,but this product in particular has been a huge let down. While this has minimal SPF and is lightweight, I don’t have anything else good to say about it.Picture

It never stayed in place or provided a smooth surface to work with. I found that it worked better as a spot type of treatment for redness more than anything. I would not recommend this unless you can bring a sample home to test it yourself.

​I don’t happen to have a personal photo of this one as I had exchanged it for another product right away.

Cover Girl CoverGirl Trublend Liquid Make Up – [$12.43 DISCONTINUED]

PictureI heard a couple people say decent things about this but this has been the worst foundation I have ever used! It did not cover well nor did it stay in place as the day went on.

​I got the shade 430 – classic beige and I’m not sure if it was the “blendable minerals” the product boasts about, but it actually changed colours on my skin and I ended up with literally a grey face. I did try it a few times because I thought I may have done something weird, but nope – it’s just the product.

I see that they have discontinued a couple versions of this foundation since 2008 or so, and the newest one has decent reviews. I still don’t think I would try this again even as a new formula to be honest. I’m just entirely too put off by my first experience using this. I would really like to try another Covergirl foundation maybe. Leave me some of your suggestions?

 Bellapierre Cosmetics Cheek and Lip Stain – [$26.60 bb]

I received this in a beauty box and was excited to try a combination product – who isn’t? I was a bit disappointed, however. I dislike having to use my fingers to apply lip product directly from a container, as I feel it is unsanitary – no matter how clean my hands are. I suppose I could have used a brush, but I wanted to test the consistency while applying – no complaints there.Picture

It is oil free and has a smooth application. I tested the colour Pink and it was a lovely natural looking hue on my lips. On my cheeks, it didn’t quite look natural at the first application – you have to work with it a bit. I used it a couple more times but only as a lip colour. I still was not happy with how dry it made my lips (perhaps it was because I needed to keep reapplying), so I will not be using it again.

​I didn’t get much use out of it as you can see from the photo. There are just better single and duo products out there in my opinion.


 While this has a shelf life on the tin as 12 months, the scent changed in about half that time and turned a sour smell. I don’t like the tin design as it was super hard to open, especially when my nails were a bit longer.

There is a great amount of product in the tin for the price you pay and the application is creamy, smooth and the product is soothing. You do need to be careful not to apply too much as it will turn your lips white from the colouring.

​I don’t think I would recommend this. I got in a spur of the moment – Oh crap I can’t find my chapstick and my lips are killing me moment, so I probably wouldn’t have picked this up otherwise, especially not in a tin.


 I was super excited to give this a try and while I didn’t hate it, I didn’t end up loving it either. The formula for this type has to be different than the others – even the old version, because it just didn’t work as well.

​The smell is meh..the taste is not so great – it does not last long. It initially moisturizes, but tended to dry my lips shortly after so I would constantly need to reapply. I enjoy the company’s other products (even for lips) but not this one in particular. I think I will stay away from these specialty ones and stick the the original from now on.

Xylitol Xyla Gum Spearment  – [$1.42 DISCONTINUED?]

PictureI really wanted to be excited about this gum. I love the hard candies and was looking for a gum with similar benefits and ingredients. While those are the same, the quality of this gum was not.The first minute or so was nice – there was flavour and it was chewy.

After another minute passes, the taste fades into nothing. Immediately after this, it is no longer proper gum you’re chewing on. It turns all stringy and falls apart in your mouth and starts to dissolve. I bought a few packs at once and I couldn’t even force myself to finish half of one.

There you have the first part of “Terrible Tuesday – Bad Product Reviews”

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[Complimentary Review] Orville Redenbacher’s Caramel White Cheddar Popcorn https://besobeauty.com/complimentary-review-orville-redenbachers-caramel-white-cheddar-popcorn/ https://besobeauty.com/complimentary-review-orville-redenbachers-caramel-white-cheddar-popcorn/#comments Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:24:55 +0000 https://besobeauty.com/?p=126 I was selected for an INFLUENSTER Voxbox for popcorn – what could be better?!

At first I wasn’t too sure how I was going to like these flavours together, but I was pleasantly surprised. Testing each flavour separately was a positive experience – the white cheddar was fluffy and lightly coated and the caramel had the perfect thin layer of sweetness. Personally I enjoyed them together as well. I appreciate that eating this popcorn was not a messy experience. My hands, fingers and mouth were not sticky or left with a cheesy residue at all!

​I disliked that the amount provided in such a large bag was misleading. Most of the bag was air and contained less than half the volume of popcorn. If more were offered when purchasing, I would absolutely buy this.


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[ELEMENT OF EARTH] Tarot Challenge – Day 10 https://besobeauty.com/element-of-earth-tarot-challenge-day-10/ Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:22:25 +0000 https://besobeauty.com/?p=124 Element of Earth

Sorry for the bad photo but I have no decent lighting this late… Today I’ve created an Earth ‎Healing grid. I’ve included Smokey Quartz to soak negative energy and block geopathic stress. It also contains Dumortierite‬ chip stones for resilience, raw Garnet for protection, amplification, and resolving Earth environmental conflict. It also has two Rose Quartz tumbled stones & a big natural chunk in the center for general healing & deep change.

I’ve made the grid in a 5 pointed star shape as a protection layout to draw in healing and send it to the Earth below. The energy of the stones flows through the natural paths of the star.

To incorporate tarot, I have included the Page of Pentacles. A powerful double Earth sign – court card. He reminds us to enjoy the simple pleasures of the Earth. Besides his normal associates, I’ve included him to work with the stone energy sincerely – he will aim to be nurturing and resourceful when helping the Earth mend.


[ELEMENT OF AIR] Tarot Challenge – Day 9 https://besobeauty.com/element-of-air-tarot-challenge-day-9/ Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:20:39 +0000 https://besobeauty.com/?p=122 Element of Air

The suit of Swords represents the element of air, focusing on communication and intellect.

The King of Swords is the air/air card of all the court cards. Since he is a double element, his meanings are twice as potent.

Everything in life begins with a thought – the Ace of any suit, is a starting point…the purest form of an element it represents. This card specifically, suggests a connection with Source, pure love, and abundance. Because it is at the bottom of the suit, there really is no where to go but up! If all else fails, nothing is lost.

]]> 122 [ELEMENT OF WATER] Tarot Challenge – Day 8 https://besobeauty.com/element-of-water-tarot-challenge-day-8/ Wed, 08 Jun 2016 00:18:35 +0000 https://besobeauty.com/?p=120 Element of Water

Whenever I associate elements to myself and objects, I choose both water as well as fire. This is because I don’t believe our personalities are all truly 100% matched with one astrological sign.
My sun sign is Cancer and my rising sign is Sagittarius. For today, I chose the Chariot (water card) as well as the Knight of cups (water & fire)

The Chariot is the card associated with Cancer’s specifically. There is a longing to be free and fruitful, as well as determination in seeking security.
The suit of Cups represent water and the Knight also represents fire within the court cards. While fire and water are opposites, there is still some resemblance of balance. Fire (masculine) & water (feminine) — water can put out fire and fire can influence the creativity and feelings of water.
This combination is perfect to describe me really I used to be intimidated that I had a rising fire sign, but when I sat down and thought about it in depth like this, I understood. Now I love both parts of myself equally. 🙂

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