Review on Raffael Cosmetics LIPSTICKS

If you don’t know Raffael Cosmetics, it’s a canadian makeup line sold exclusively in studios, salons and schools. Raffael products are all hypo-allergenic, fragrance-free, non-comodeogenic (ideal for acne-prone skin), very pigmented and made in Canada. For more details on the company and its products just visit: http://www.raffaelcosmetics.com/

Today, I wanted to talk to you about the amazing lipsticks by Raffael Cosmetics. Honestly I was never a HUGE fan of lipsticks in the past. I find that most lipsticks, apart from being creamy, they wouldn’t last and weren’t very pigmented. 
When I tried Raffael’s lipstick for the first time, all it took was one application and I was HOOKED!! No joke!! Not only are the lipsticks super creamy, they are surprisingly very pigmented and longlasting. Oh! AND affordable!! You can take 20 sips from your latte and still have that “stain” on. Even my clients tell me all the time. 
I was hosting a makeup event and it was my first time wearing a Raffael lipstick (shade 540 Mirage: a beautiful dark pink). During that event, I must say for 3 hours straight I was blabbing away, wipping my mouth and constantly sipping on water (cause I was talking so much 😛 ). In my head I kept thinking “O.M.G. my lipstick must be allover my face I’m sure I look like a clown!!” I couldn’t really leave the event, I was the hostess. Eventually when the event started to calm down, I escaped to the wash room and to my surprise…. The lipstick looked intact and did not bleed or smear. I was SO impressed!

Raffael cosmetics has lots of colors to choose from. My favorite and most popular shades are:
Reds: Tapis Rouge and Brazened
Dark pink: Mirage
Pinks: Fantasme, Love Lust and Cherine
Coral/Peachy: Lola and Barbarella
Nudes: Chouchou, Sophia and Elegante

Don’t forget to always use a lipliner beneath your lipstick, not only to help keep the color but it also defines your lips and makes the color of your lipstick and lipgloss stand out more! 😉
Have fun with your shades. If you want to visit Raffael cosmetics go the side bar and click on the link.

I was not paid to write this review or sponsored. I purchased all products myself. All opinions are my own 100%.

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My hair routine

For people who don’t really know me and my hair type / history. I have naturally loose waves that become extremely frizzy and dry.
It’s been years (around 10 years, if not more) I’ve had all shades of red hair (strawberry blond, flashy bright red, purple red …) but always in the red tones. I used to NOT put so much care into my hair. I’d never do treatments, used any kind of drugstore shampoos and conditioners, I also used to think that if I didn’t cut it, it’ll grow more…
About a year and a half ago I had a good trim, my hair needed it so badly it had almost been 1 year and a half I hadn’t gone to a professional hairdresser. After cutting it, I realized that my roots showed up a lot faster, so I had to dye my hair more often (also used to do it myself). Then I read up on hair and why regular cuts should be done. So it became a habbit to get a trim every 2-3 months. With time I also experimented with shampoos and creams slightly higher quality than regular drugstore brands to see if there was an actual difference in my hair… And to my discovery, there was. I then realized I had neglected my hair too long. But those days are gone!!
Recently I felt like I needed a change so I’m slowly getting rid of my red hair going back to dark blond, light brown! 😉

Products I am currently using:
Tigi Bed Head Shampoo and Conditioner Urban Anti+Dotes Recovery: It makes my hair SUPER soft and I don’t fully wash out the condioner since I have dry, frizzy hair.
I always put a heat protector which for the moment it’s a product sold only to Hair Salons and I don’t remember the name (got this as a gift from a hairdresser) 😐 but any heat protector should do the work.
Moroccanoil Treatment oil: I put some on my ends before I blow dry straight or add some at my ends when curly. I don’t know why but by doing it so, I get different results.
L’Oreal Elnett Extra hold: I don’t always use hair spray it’s actually very rare.
Got2B Powderful: for when I need a boost of volume.
Wella Hair treatment: Leave this for a few hours then rinse off. Helps for the dry ends between dyes. 😉

I’ve seen a big difference on my hair, it might not work for everyone but it does for me. Regular trims do help keep the hair healthy and helps with normal hair growth.
Also if you’re curious to know about my hair color transition. I’m actually doing it professionally, I stripped my hair with an Ammonia and Bleach free product and I died with a natural dye in Shade 9. It’s still currently dark, but I should be going this week to do small streaks all over in shade 7 and I might be using bleach this time. During the 3 weeks, every week I did at least 1 treatment. I still got split ends, but my hair is not fried. Once I’m completely done, I will post a picture.

Also for those of you who don’t know what shade 9 is, it’s like a light brown almost blond-ish (which mine came out darker due to the red I had underneath) and shade 7 is 2 tones lighter wich hopefully will look dirty blond or dark blond.

Ps I’m almost done renovating, patience… I’ll get some videos up and going soon. Thanks

Favorite products for the month of June

I obvioulsy couldn’t help myself… but I purchased a few new products last month and now I have to share it with you but only the favorites made it on this list and some products well I already had but “re-discovered” them 😀

The first product I’d love to tell you about is the highlighter Prep+prime in Radiant Rose By MAC:
I’ve actually replaced my concealer for this product. I dab some with my fingers under the eyes and it’s like I slept for hours and hours! I also use it to highlight some areas on my face. It’s amazing!

Next, I’m now in love with the mineralized blush Dainty by MAC:
Since I have dry skin, that small amount of shine in the blush leaves a great finish on my cheeks and obviously it’s pink 😛 (yes! I LOVE pink) 

My third fav product of the month would be the Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium/ Dark by MAC:
This does not leave behind a heavy powdery look. I use it as a bronzer and contouring powder and IF I ever tan maybe as a powder 😛 I love the finish, it has a hint of shine (not very visible) but again looks great and natural.

You’ll always catch me wearing lip gloss but what I have beneath is what makes my lips look full and defined! I’m obsessed with lip liner in Sienna by Raffael cosmetics. It’s the perfect shade and used this on clients where they said “Hey, how come my lip gloss looks better when YOU put in on?” … Because lip liners define lips and make the lip color pop! That’s my reply… People forget how much a little thing can do so much 😉

Last but not least, Mascara Xtension Plus by Marcelle. I find it perfectly seperates my lashes and doesn’t feel heavy. Since I already have long lashes, for everyday this mascara adds definition and not too much volume. I got this in my GlossyBox in may I think as a full size product and I would’ve never had considered this product if i hadn’t received it. So, Ya!

That’s it for Products of May-June (since I didn’t do one for a while)… I felt like I disappeared for a bit but I’ll try to post a bit more often once again. Please don’t forget to subscribe to my blog in order to get notified whenever I post, also keep checking on certain occassions my portfolio since I randomly add pictures whenever 😛