One Look, One Week Reviews; The Roundup!

This week was so much fun reviewing all the items I used to create my Fall go-to look. It was a perfect way for me to share my thoughts on some of the items that I have purchased over the last few months.

Once again, this is the look that I created for Fall;

 

And here are all the items I used;

  • Eyeshadow – NYX Perfect Filter Palette in Olive you – review here
  • Mascara – Revlon Mega Multiplier – review here
  • Eye Brushes – Inglot 10S, 4SS & 26P, Artdeco Blending Brush – review here
  • Foundation – Tarte’s Rainforest of Sea Water Foundation – review here
  • Concealer – Tarte’s Shape Tape Contour Concealer – review here
  • Blush – Tarte’s Sheer Passion Maracuja Hydrating Cheek Tint – review here
  • Lipstick – Tarte’s Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick – review here

Lots of Love,
Dal

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One Look, One Week Reviews; Tarte Sheer Passion Blush & Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick

To complete this week of reviews I will be sharing my thoughts on the blush and lipstick I used in my look. If you want to see the complete look I created head here to read Monday’s post.

Let’s start off with cheeks, shall we?

I purchased Tarte’s Sheer Passion back in January with other Tarte items such as the shape tape. The best part about it is it was on sale and I got an extra 30% off. That brought the total of this gem to $7.00 CAD!

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This is a really pretty pinky-red stain that I prefer to apply with my fingers. A little goes a long way so I like to apply this lightly with my fingers and then build up the intensity afterward by adding more if needed. Because I was wearing a darker lip I chose in my look to keep the cheeks sheer.

This blush does have Tarte’s famous maracuja oil to make this a hydrating blush which works for me and my dry skin. This also looks good with my skin tone because it enhances my natural blush. I love this during the Fall and Winter time because the colour is very light.Tarte Sheer Passion blush

I love the applicator style of this blush because it’s liquid so the twist style applicator dispenses a small amount of product at a time.

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I like to dot this on my cheek and then blend it out using my fingers. This surprisingly lasts long on me. It’s a perfect blush whether I wear makeup or on no makeup days when I just want to look alive.

The last item I wanted to review as part of this series and the last item I put on my face actually is Tarte’s Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick in Set Sail. I purchased this back in my April shopping haul.

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This is a pretty dark nude. I like how it really makes the look I created feel like Fall. This is described as a hydrating 24hr formula that provides full coverage.

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I do find this formula very hydrating and comfortable to wear. It appears matte which is really nice too. I don’t always wear lipstick so when a formula is a lightweight like this one I really appreciate it because it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing lipstick.

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It provides full coverage so one swipe is all it takes to create an intense lip. The only downside is that this does not last 24hr. I found after about 4 hours the colour started to fade and I needed to reapply. It’s not something I really mind because if I’m wearing a lipstick I will carry it with me to touch up throughout the day.

I really love these two items and I find I actually wear them more often than not in my everyday makeup routine.

Have you tried any of these items? What are your favourite blushes or lipsticks?

That rounds up my one look, one week of reviews!

Lots of Love,
Dal

One Look, One Week Reviews; Tarte Shape Tape

I have been wanting to post a review of the Shape Tape Concealer for the longest time. I shared my initial thoughts when I received my Tarte Cosmetics Haul. Since purchasing this I have had so much time to really test it out. I made sure to include this in my Fall look, you can see the completed look here.

I understand the hype around this concealer and know a lot of users swear by it. I, however, have love-hate feelings toward this. Depending on my makeup or how dry my skin feels that day this either works amazing for me or it doesn’t at all! Anyways, on to the review!

What It Is
A full-coverage, vegan, blendable concealer that brightens, smooths & shapes skin (tartecosmetics.com)

Price
$35.00 CAD. I only shop at Tarte when they have a sale and they were offering 30% off for Boxing Day so when I saw my shade come back into stock I picked it up!

 

Packaging
This is a large tube of concealer. The applicator on the shape tape is way too big in my opinion. When it comes to this formula, a little goes a long way and I find the applicator deposits more concealer onto my face than I might actually need. It also has a dip in the applicator to house more product which I personally don’t like.

Colour
This is the second lightest shade in the line and although it matches me well, I think I might be able to wear the lightest shade instead. Depending on the foundation I wear underneath, this can either look super flattering on me or terrible. I think it looks best on me when I wear my pink toned foundations. If I wear a foundation that is more yellow, it only brings out all the yellow in the concealer and I end up looking washed out.

This looks the best with my favourite foundation, Shiseido’s Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation. You need to read my review of it here. It looks so good with that foundation in particular on me. It also looks good with Tarte’s Water Foundation which I reviewed in the post before because that shade is neutral.

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Application & Wear
This is the thickest concealer I own. If I’m wearing a full-coverage foundation I can’t wear this because it just makes me look cakey. I prefer to wear this with medium coverage foundation because I can blend this out easily and it will make the medium coverage feel more full coverage. That’s one thing I like about the shape tape, it does blend out really well and I can wear lighter coverage foundations with this.

One thing I mentioned before is that the shape tape does not completely cancel out my dark circles. It does make them less visible but not more than any of my other concealers. Also, this creases and looks dry on me if I set it with powder my under eyes. Now, I have natural creases under my eyes and my skin is dry. I have to moisturize well under my eyes anyways but this just makes it more apparent if I don’t. I find that using the Tarte maracuja oil under my eyes really helps. The shape tape has shea butter and mango seed butter, both of which are supposed to hydrate the skin but on me, it doesn’t do that.

When I use this to conceal my face I find it provides the best coverage for blemishes and redness around my nose. This is also extremely long lasting which I love.

The Breakdown

Pros

  • Blends easily
  • Works perfectly with my fave foundation
  • Long lasting

Cons

  • Doesn’t cover dark circles completely
  • Accentuates dryness and creases
  • Applicator is too large

Can you see why it’s such a strange concealer for me? Have you tried the shape tape? What do you think of it?

See you in tomorrow’s post where I review my blush and lipstick in my one look!

Lots of Love,
Dal

One Look, One Week of Reviews; Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation

Happy Hump Day! We are now halfway through my one look, one week of reviews! If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, please check out my Monday post here.

I have had this foundation for some time now and have been using it off and on so I knew it was about time that I reviewed it! I ordered this from the Tarte Cosmetics website and shared it in my blog post here.

What it is
Infused with Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea complex, this is a full-coverage but lightweight foundation.

Price
$51.00 CAD (1 oz) regular price. I actually got this at 30% when Tarte was having its friends and family sale in April. For $35.70 I thought it was worth trying.

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Packaging
I like the dropper style of this foundation because then I can control how much I put on the back of my hand. I love that it has this gradient purple cap and the glass bottle. It feels really elegant.

Colour
I got this in the shade 02 fair neutral and it’s a great match for me. I can appreciate that this comes in 21 shades and Tarte does well to include yellow, pink and neutral tones.

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Application & Wear
For a full coverage foundation, this is very light and liquid. It really does feel like water so I tend to dot this all over my face first and then blend it in with beauty blender so that the foundation doesn’t get absorbed by the sponge. It easily blends into my skin and doesn’t look heavy. I apply one layer and I think it provides medium coverage which I like but I can imagine that this formula would work really well if layered up to full coverage without it looking thick.

I can wear this all day without it creasing or cracking. One only issue for me is that because it’s water based I find that when it dries it looks dry on my skin close up. I have to add a facial oil or moisturize before application. That’s an easy fix for me because I have to hydrate my skin regardless. From a distance though my skin looks super smooth.

The Breakdown

Pros

  • Great shade match
  • Blends easily
  • All day wear
  • Medium to Full coverage

Cons

  • Can make my skin look dry

My thoughts
I really enjoy this foundation. It’s hard for me to find a shade that matches me well especially since I’m at the fairly light end of the spectrum. The coverage is really nice and doesn’t look cakey. I will need to add moisturizer to keep my skin hydrated underneath.

Have you tried this foundation? If so, what do you think of it?

Next up, I’ll be reviewing the ever popular Tarte Shape Tape!

Lots of Love,
Dal

One Look, One Week of Reviews; Inglot and Artdeco Brushes & Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara

To continue with my One Look, One Week of Reviews, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the mascara and the brushes I used. If you’re not sure what I’m referring to, check out this link here to see the look I created.

I wanted to review the eye brushes I used. I shared my purchase of Inglot brushes in my post September Shopping, Inglot Haul. Now, these brushes have quickly become my go-to brushes when applying eye makeup. I’m super impressed with them.

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The 10S blending brush is so precise so I use it whenever I define the crease. I used it in the eye look I created for this series by building the darker olive shades into the crease after applying the transition shades. The brush is really sturdy but soft against the skin and it really helps to define anything I do in the outer crease while blending the colour perfectly.

The 26P shadow brush is just the cutest and perfect brush for packing on shimmer shades all over the lid. It’s thin and dense so it easily picks up eyeshadow. Since the brush is small I can control where I place the colours. It’s my new favourite shader brush because it makes eyeshadow application so easy.

The 4SS blending brush is a super fluffy and large brush. I used it in my look to blend out the outer edge of my eyeshadow so that it looked more diffused. I really didn’t think this would make a big difference in my eye look but it does. What’s nice about this brush is that it can also double as a highlighter brush because it’s so big.

My most versatile brush is one I purchased and shared in my April Shopping Haul. It’s the Artdeco Blending Brush. This one is both fluffy and flat making it useful as both a blending brush and shader brush. I used this to blend out my transition colour in my crease and then used it to apply some of the matte shadows onto my eyelid.

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Another product I used in my one look is the Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara in Blackest Black*. I received this product from the Revlon Color Stay All Day event I attended over the summer. I enjoy the tapered cone shape of the brush because it reaches the very inner edge of my lashes. I have a lot of control with the brush and can coat the outer edge of my lashes to create a flirty look. This is a good everyday mascara for me to wear without a liner.

I’m really happy with the eye tools I picked up recently. Have you tried any of these items?

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing my foundation review so look out for that!

Lots of Love,
Dal

Items with * were received via PR. All opinions are honest and my own.

One Look, One Week of Reviews; NYX Perfect Filter Shadow Palette in Olive You

This week is the start of something new on the blog for me. I posted a look on instagram and all the makeup that I used to create it. Each day I will do a review of a different product that was part of that look. I hope to do this for every season, or at least as I start playing around with all the new makeup I’ve purchased or received.

This is the look I created for Fall;
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Today I’m reviewing NYX’s Perfect Filter Shadow Palette in Olive You. This is from my September Shopping, Nyx Haul.

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What it is
Olive and Golden neutrals in matte, metallic and shimmer finishes. There are four other variations of this palette on the NYX website.

Price
$22.00 CAD (.6 oz total). This is probably one of the more reasonably priced palettes in my collection. There is a decent amount of product in here too.

Packaging
This is in a sturdy but simple plastic case. It has a clear cover and no mirror. It’s nice and compact being approxmately 3×5 inches. I’m perfectly fine with the packaging not being fancy if it saves on the cost and the product inside is good.

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Colours
Because the palette doesn’t have names for the individual eye shadows I’ve numbered them above and below so you can refer to my hand swatches against the palette pans. The colours are a bit off in the picture above, but I had good lighting for the swatches on my hand below and will give you a better indication of how they look. The olive tones are flattering for my hazel eyes. The colours work perfectly together and although the colours are different from what I have in my collection they are all very wearable “everyday” type of shades. Nothing is too bold or bright but it gives just the right amount of uniqueness. I actually really love this for Fall and think it’s a great change from most of the warm tone or reder shades that are usually popluar for this time of year.

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Application and Wear
To start off, these shadows are smooth and soft. The mattes blend really easily together and the shimmers just pop. There are a few downsides to this palette that I need to mention here. Firstly, it needs a base. I tried applying these directly onto my eye lid the first time and found that within about 4 hours everything muddied together. It performs a bit better with primer but I actually think I got the best result with concealer/foundation all over the lid before application. Secondly, the shimmer shades have so much fallout! I noticed in the look I created that anything I put on my lid that was shimmery gave me the craziest amount of sparkle under the eye and it only got worse as the day went on. Maybe the shimmer shades need a little Fix+ or glitter glue to hold them in place but I know next time I use this palette I’ll do my eyes first and then my foundation so I can wipe away the glitter fallout. With concealer I felt I could wear this all work day, although it doesn’t really last much longer than that. The shadows do fade slightly as the day wears on.

My Eye Look
(please don’t judge my crazy brows! They serious have a mind of their own – LOL!)

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I put my foundation all over the lid and put colour 1 on top as a base. I then blended colour 3 all over my crease as a transistion shade. I put colour 8 on my outter V on the lid and then packed colour 5 on the outter half of my entire lid. In the inner part of my lid I blended in colour 10 and then took the oh so pretty colour 6 into the inner corner. I smudged colour 3 on my lower lid, added mascara and that was that!

Breakdown

Pros

  • Easy to blend
  • Interesting but wearable colours
  • Great Fall shades that are NOT berry/red tones
  • Great pigmentation

Cons

  • Shimmers have a lot of glitter fallout
  • Need a base to prolong wear
  • Not super long lasting

My Thoughts
I really love this eye shadow palette because it’s different but still super wearable. It’s totally what I plan to rock for Fall. It’s an easy to use palette and you can create a variety of looks using just this palette.

Have you tried any Nyx eye shadows? What’s your favourite?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Favourites From the Boxes, September 2017

I haven’t done a post like this in some time but there have been some really awesome products I’ve received from my subscription boxes in the last few months that I really want to share. Currently, I’m subscribed to Topbox and Boxycharm and have been loving the items below.

IBY Beauty Beauty Highlight & Contour
Received in: BoxyCharm, May 2017
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This palette is such a staple product for me. I use every shade one way or another for my face and eyes. I don’t use contour palettes too often but ever since receiving this I find that I reach for it on a weekly basis. The powders are well milled and soft. They blend so easily onto the skin and sit really well on top of foundation.
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I like to contour and highlight with this for full makeup looks, but I will also use the shades as eye shadow when I want to create every day looks. I love the mix of cool and warm tones. This palette came with me on vacation and it was so perfect for whenever I needed powder.

Blinc Electric Eyes Palette
Received in: BoxyCharm, July 2017
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I knew when I went to Las Vegas I would take this palette with me for fun, going out night looks. I’m blow away by how intense the colours are even when used dry. They blend so well too. I love using them as pops of shimmer on the eyes and have even put Sphene on my cheeks as an intense highlight. I get so many compliments whenever I wear the shades from this palette.
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When I traveled to the Mediterranean I forgot this palette at home and I was very upset that I didn’t have it with me. That’s just how much I quickly fell in love with this product.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in 02 Raspberry
Received in: Topbox, June 2017
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I don’t wear a lot of products on my lips. Of course, I do love rocking a bold lipstick from time to time but my everyday look actually doesn’t include any lip items. I mostly just stick to balms or light glosses so I was beyond excited when I got this in my Topbox.
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After using it once, I immediately threw it it in my purse with my Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm. I love the shape of the applicator because it’s flat on two sides which makes it easy to the apply. I thought originally that this would be tinted but it’s not so much.
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I do love the gloss effect it gives the lips without actually feeling really heavy and sticky on the lips. It’s also very nourishing. I absolutely love it for my lips.

There are many items that I’ve loved from my boxes in the last few months and I’m so happy that I’ve been introduced to products and brands I might not have tried before.

Do you subcribe to any subcription boxes? What are the items you’ve been loving from them?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Review, Clinque Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick

I was interested in trying a foundation stick formula because I was curious how it would work on my skin. I didn’t want to plunge and get any $50+ foundation stick from the likes of Makeup Forever or Hourglass. I thought I would try Clinque’s Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick because it did have decent reviews and was in a price range I was willing to pay.
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What it is
A creamy stick foundation for full-face application and touch-ups that achieves Instant perfection on the go. (Sephora.com)

Price
$31.00 CAD (0.21 oz). After comparing other foundation sticks, this is one of the least expensive at Sephora. However, all foundation sticks contain less product compared to any of my liquid foundations which usually are a full ounce of product.

Packaging
This packaging is very pretty and light and I love the green leaf and pink buds on the outer box. The actual stick is very cute as well. I like that the tube is the same colour of the foundation and love the silver lid and bottom. It’s also a perfect size to take on the go.
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Colour
I purchased this in the shade 02 Abundant Alabaster which is a bit too pink and dark for me, even though it’s advertised as a neutral tone for very fair skin. Unfortunately, Clinque does not offer a wide shade range so I’m not sure what would have been a better match for me as the other shades appear too golden or dark for me. It does blend out well and I because I have lighter and yellower concealers I can generally get the rest of my makeup to match my skin tone better.
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Application & Wear
I find this is a bit more difficult to blend compared to liquid foundation. I use a dense foundation brush to spread the product and then use my beauty blender to blend any rough edges and blur out the foundation a bit more. This does sit nicely once blended all over my face and unlike what I originally thought with stick foundation this one is quite hydrating and doesn’t extenuate any of my dry skin. I do find that the wear is good. I’ve worn it a few times to work and it does last me a full work day. I do like setting this with a little bit of powder before I move onto blush or bronzer so that they blend better on top of the foundation. I usually don’t need to worry about this step with my liquid foundations because they are thinner and don’t sit on top of my skin the same way. The coverage is medium and can be built to full coverage, however, I preferred to keep it as light as I could because it does not match my skin tone.
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My Thoughts
I may not be a fan of the shade but I do really enjoy this formula. I wish Clinque would come up with more shades in this line, most of the range is fair to medium and I am pretty light in complexion. I may want to try another stick foundation someday but I think I will stick to my liquid foundations for now.

Have you tried Clinque’s Chubby in the Nude foundation? What foundation stick recommendations do you have?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Review; Givenchy Noir Inderit Mascara

I’m sure you’ve all seen this mascara floating around the web and being reviewed everywhere because it’s just so darn interesting. If you haven’t seen this mascara, well, I’m here to show you and let you know my thoughts.

Whenever I think of Givenchy, I think of luxurious modern fashion and amazing perfume. Of course that meant that this mascara was going to be modern looking but also feel very luxurious. The packaging is really nice, I love the rectangular shape.
20170827_114352Now this mascara is very interesting. It has rubber bristles on one side and what makes it unique is the wand bends 90 degrees. I do like the formula of the mascara and love how intensely black it is.

It took me one or two uses to really get the hang of using the wand but once I did I found it made applying mascara much easier. I was able to get super close to my lash line and apply mascara onto the inner and outer 3rd of my lashes. Most of my other mascaras give me trouble whenever I try to get mascara on the inner 3rd of my lashes to coat the little hairs there but the design of this bent wand makes it really easy and comfortable to get into every corner with ease.
20170827_114431The look it gave on my eyes was very wispy and flirty. My lashes were evenly covered and nicely fanned out. My only downside is that it didn’t make them appear any thicker or super voluminous which is what I really like. I think it makes a great everyday mascara and looks really beautiful for a softer look, however, if I want something more dramatic, which is what I prefer, I will have to use something else in my collection.
Givenchy NoirI’m happy I was able to give this mascara a try. I’m not sure if I will purchase this particular one again. It retails for $38.00 CAD and I don’t think it gave me what I desire in a mascara. I did like the formula so I wonder if I might prefer one of the other mascaras Givenchy has to offer.

Have you tired this mascara? What are your thoughts on the design?

Lots of Love,
Dal

I received this product complimentary of Canadian Beauty Bloggers Network to test and review. My opinion is honest and my own.

 

Saint or Sinner? Trying Kat Von D’s Fragrance Line

Like my makeup, I prefer my fragrances fresh and light during the day and really sexy and sultry for special occasions. I work during the day so I never go crazy with scents as to not annoy anyone with sensitives at my work. At night though, I like wearing scents that last and leave a lasting impression on those who smell them.
Sinner & Saint_LBL_August (2)I was lucky enough to receive complimentary samples of the Kat Von D Saint and Sinner Fragrances through Influenster which I’ve had a chance to enjoy over the past month.

I have two little 5 mL bottles of each scent. Even for these little tiny samples the packaging was not over looked. Each one has signature Kat Von D art on the sides of the packaging which are pretty curves and skulls.
Sinner & Saint_LBL_August (4)Even the bottles themselves are shaped like little potion bottles. Now this is nothing compared to the full-size bottles you can get at Sephora or on Kat Von D’s website which are absolutely stunning. Take a look at Kat’s amazing artwork below.
Saint and Sinner SephoraI was pretty skeptical about how I was going to like these scents but after learning that these scents were originally discontinued by Kat Von D Beauty and then brought back by the sheer number of requests by fans I was intrigued to try it out.Sinner & Saint_LBL_August (6)Saint is described as soft, alluring, and dreamy on the Sephora website. The key notes of this are vanilla, musk, and jasmine. I am so in love with this scent. I usually don’t like vanilla scents but this one is way more muted and fresh in my opinion. Not sweet like I would usually find in vanilla scents at all. I loved this for the day time because it was just really beautiful and light. You do get that bit of jasmine and musk in there two which are really appealing to me. This is definitely my type of daytime scent. Very soft and clean. Sinner & Saint_LBL_August (3)Sinner is dark, sultry, and empowering according to the Sephora website. Key notes include; patchouli, wood, cinnamon. I think the description of this matches the scent perfectly. It’s definitely the more sexier of the two scents. I really do like this as an evening scent because it packs a punch without being too sweet or overbearing and it will last you the whole night through. Whenever I smell this it really reminds me of Thierry Mugler because it’s unique while totally being wearable. If you remember my post about the Thierry Mugler Event I went a few years ago hosted by Dave Lackie you will know it has some of my favourite fragrances so it’s a compliment on my end to Kat Von D for creating something that is very reminiscent of that.Sinner & Saint_LBL_August (5)So which to do I prefer? Honestly, they both will serve their own purpose. Saint being my every day scent and Sinner as my special occasion smell. Since I would probably wear it more I am leaning towards Saint as my favourite of the two but it only beats Sinner by a hair. Either way, if you love parfums I would completely recommend testing them out the next time you are at Sephora.

Have you tried any of these scents? Which would be your favourite? What do you think of makeup companies diving into fragrances?

Lots of Love,
Dal

I received both the Sinner and Saint fragrances complimentary of Influenster, my opinions are my own and honest.