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Its been a few months since I did a Loves & Letdowns so I’m a bit overdue; lets jump in, starting with what I’ve been loving!:

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream: This has been my go-to face product all summer because its just so easy to apply. I’ve got a full review on this product coming up shortly so I’m not going to get into too many details buy the Coles notes version is that I love it!

Delectable Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream: I go through hand cream like a mad woman because my hands are chronically dry, although less so in the summer. This one smells like lemon cookies and is thick and creamy without being greasy. Its made the list of one of my favourite hand creams!

Muji Canada Blush: I received this blush as part of StashMatters Muji giveaway and I can’t stop wearing it!  The colour is gorgeous and the formula is fantastic – so happy with this!

BareMinerals Double Ended Brush: This was included in a BM set and its made me realize how much I love a good angled blush brush. Its been working really well with the blush noted above but it just blends any blush beautifully. The fact that it has a small flat eyeshadow brush on the other end makes it handy for travel too!

Barefoot Venus Lip Bliss (Spearmint): This lip balm was included in my final Luxe Box; I’ve been using it regularly since and its wormed its way into my favourites!  It has a bit of a waxy texture but it melts nicely into my lips, leaving them feeling soft, smooth and moisturized. And while Spearmint isn’t my first choice for lip balms, the scent is really subtle.  I’m getting to the bottom of the tube though so I need to figure out where I can repurchase some more of these!

Laura Mercier Transparent Setting Powder: I’ve only been using this for about 3 weeks but it’s quickly became one of my favourite products.  I was looking for a setting powder that would keep me matte and wouldn’t settle into my pores – this does both.  The powder is so soft and finely milled and applies beautifully and I really recommend it.

Kiko Milano Fusion 01 Powder Brush: I use this brush every day as a final step to ensure my makeup is completely blended. The fact that I only paid $12 US for this brush kind of blows my mind – it’s amazing!  The bristles are so soft and fluffy and overall it just feels like a luxury, high-end brush.

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Nivea Gentle Cleansing Wipes: These may be the worst makeup removing wipes I’ve ever used.  I picked them up because they stated they were to be gentle on skin but they were anything but!  They had a intense fragrance, made my eyes sting and irritated my skin.  I made the mistake of using them prior to applying my makeup and they left a film on my skin that resulted in me not being able to blend my makeup. Would not recommend these!

CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer: I used the foundation in this line and was quite happy with it so I thought I’d give the concealer a try.  Unfortunately this was a big disappointment.  The formula is super thin so it does next to nothing in terms of concealing, plus it creases horribly under my eyes.

Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Gel Eyeliner: This was a “YouTube Made Me Buy It” purchase but it wasn’t a good one.  I can’t recall which Youtuber raved about this eyeliner but I found it to be extremely dry and difficult to apply.  It also smudges like crazy.

That’s everything I’ve been loving and been letdown by – what products have you been loving lately?  Let me know below!

20 thoughts on “Loves & Letdowns Lately”

  1. Phew, I’m glad the MUJI blush isn’t a letdown! 😉
    I’m going to get that IT Cosmetics CC cream one of these days when I finish (or get rid of) my Guerlain BB cream!
    And this is like the 4th time in the past few days I’ve heard people rave about the LM setting powder! Is it THAT amazing?!
    Oh I was curious about that CoverGirl concealer. I guess I’ll pass on it – I don’t like thin formulas – useless!

    1. I feel like the IT Cosmetics CC Cream is much more suited to dry skin- but I love it anyway, its so easy! I get greasy with it a few hours in but the LM Setting Powder has helped with that a ton – which is part of the reason I’m in love with it. There aren’t many powders that I can use that perform this well on me, actually there aren’t any. I only hate the fact that its loose – I’ll buy the pressed version next time for sure given that the reviews also rave about it. I’d totally recommend the travel size if you’re wondering if it’ll work for you!

  2. The Cake Beauty Delectable hand cream sounds like it would smell amazing!
    Did you pick up the IT Cosmetics CC cream in the US? I would love to get my hands on their products!
    I can’t believe how inexpensive that Kiko brush is. It looks like it’s a high end brush (and also looks like it’s super soft, hehe).

    1. It does – its awesome, I got mine @ Superstore, highly recommended! ☺️
      I actually ordered it via The Shopping Channel, but man was it PAINFUL! I hear Sephora is supposed to start carrying their line in the fall so fingers crossed!
      The Kiko brush had blown me away, its amazing! I’m hoping that I’ll be able to pick up another one on my trip for my giveaway in September! 😬

      1. Superstore, really?! I definitely have to check out their skincare/bodycare aisle this weekend!
        Haha, sorry to hear that it was a painful experience trying to get your hands on the CC cream! It would be AWESOME if Sephora started carrying the brand!!

  3. I have heard so much good stuff about the Laura Mercier transparant powder, must really try that soon.
    Really surprised to hear the Kiko brush is that good, I will definitely be sure to check those out when i am near a store.
    xo Anne – Doves & Roses

  4. I’ve been wanting to give the IT Cosmetics CC cream a try, i’ll definitely have to try it out one of these days! And I feel the same about hand creams, I can never have enough- I use them constantly throughout the day.
    OMG that Kiko Powder Brush looks like an absolute dream!

    1. The IT CC Cream is pretty great, even better if you have dry skin! I have combo skin and its a little too dewy for me, so I have to set it with powder.
      The Kiko brush is awesome! Have you tried any Kiko products? I want more! ☺️

      1. I have combo skin as well, and set everything with a powder! You can never be too sure 🙂
        I have not tried any Kiko products, but now I want to after seeing that fantastic brush!

  5. I keep staring at that hand cream every time I’m at the grocery store. I knew there was one I think you mentioned in a comment on my blog once and I couldn’t remember which one it was. I’m going to have to pick it up one of these days! Great list!!

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