30.7.12

Quick NOTD: Gel Nail Polish


 Gel nail polish is such a new concept to me, but I love it. A couple weeks ago I spotted this in Shoppers Drug Mart. Originally I thought it was a gel clear top coat, but I was wrong! Bourjois 1 Seconde Gloss in #15 is a unique semi-sheer nail polish that not only looks like you got a new set of gel nails, but it also out lasts a regular manicure by a few days. ps. I was asked if I was wearing gel nails!


The formulation of these nail polishes are a gel/silicone texture, that Bourjois has now introduced. This is the only sheer nail polish out of the new line, and unfortunately the only colour I've found in Canada. Two coats of this polish will leave you with a red gel nail look, which is what I'd recommend. One coat will look like the nail polish is orange, three coats would make the polish look less sheer, but I find it takes away from the gel effect, plus it saves you some time! Another benefit of this nail polish is how fast that it dries, it is probably one of the fastest I've used without a drying agent. 


Have you tried Bourjois Nail Polishes?

27.7.12

In & Outs: I

Ins:

  • Only a month away from moving to Vancouver
  • The weather - It's been so hot out!
  • All these new collections coming out, the Nars fall collection is making my wallet hurt.

  • The amount of eyeshadows I own, I don't think I've hit pan on a single one.
  • Finally jumping on the 50 Shades of Grey bandwagon, pretty good actually.

 

Outs:

  • Nothing coming to Canada soon enough. Ex./ revlon balm stains
  • Waiting for tv shows to start.
  • So much work, so little time for blogging. Sorry about that if you noticed my delays.
  • Having to pack up all of my makeup. That will be challenging.
  • The 16 hour drive I'll be taking at the end of August.

 

 

25.7.12

Make Up For The Fair


Having porcelain skin is something I love and admire about myself, although my love of cosmetics sometimes makes me resent my fair skin. Being lighter than a NC 15 usually makes it pretty hard to find a foundation that matches my skin tone. Countless times I will put on foundation; in the bathroom it will look like the perfect match, but as soon as I step out of that florescent lighting, I'll notice the worst foundation lines, especially there's too much pink in the foundation, I'll look orange.
I'm sure I'm not the only fair skinned gal out there with the same troubles, so I thought I'd share some of my favourite products and hidden gems you might not be aware of!

Primers



Two skin issues that I usually can't avoid are redness, and wanting to have a bit of colour to my skin without stepping into the sun for hours, or slapping of some horrid fake tan. Stila has two primers, both from their One Step line, that helps with my troubles. 

One Step Correct ($47) is not only one of my favourite light weight primers, but the swirls of green and purple even out my skin tone without even a touch of foundation. 

One Step Bronze ($47) is an amazing product, and has multiple uses. If my skin just doesn't seem to have life in it that day, I'll add the slightest touch of this to my foundation to give myself a sun kissed glow. Along with my issues for finding a light enough foundation, means I've purchased more than a few foundations that don't match me well. Other than throwing these out, I'll put One Step Bronze on my neck and chest to even out my skin colour, when I have a less than perfect foundation match on.

Foundation


Left to Right: Make Up Forever HD Foundation in 110 ($46), Nars Sheer Glow in Siberia ($55), and Estee Lauder Invisable Fluid Makeup in 1N1($35)
Top to Bottom (Left and Right): Make Up Forever HD Foundation in 110 ($46), Nars Sheer Glow in Siberia ($55), and Estee Lauder Invisable Fluid Makeup in 1N1($35)

Foundation has to be the hardest item I ever have to buy, and I'm always on the search for the perfect one. I usually find a gem in roughly 1 in 15 foundations. Whether they oxidize or if they just don't stay long, there is usually a problem.

Concealer

Left to Right: Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Bisque
Top to Bottom: Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in Fair

Two of my holy grail products I've found are these two concealers. They are both for under the eyes and completely erase my under eye circles. Although, I'm sure they aren't as bad as I think.

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer is the creamiest concealer I could ever dream of. Luckily the concealer doesn't smudge or crease on me. - what more can a lady ask for?!

Bobbi Brown Corrector ($30), as you might have heard before, is fantastic. The Shade Porcelain Bisque, is lighter than my actual skin tone, something I never thought would happen, but it happily blends into my skin becoming unnoticeable. 

Powders
I'll be looking at two different types of powder products, one a foundation, and one a colour corrector, both fantastic.

Bare Minerals Foundation in Fair C10 ($31) is a product I reach for when I want coverage, too look natural, and put in no effort at all. I'll take a dense large kabuki style brush and swirl in the lid, and then swirl around any troubled areas on my face to hide shine and reduce redness. I also love that there is an SPF 15 so I don't have to worry about sunscreen.

Smashbox Halo Yellow Color Correcting Hydrating Powder ($45) will take any unwanted redness away from my face. I don't have horrible redness, but sometimes it doesn't want to be covered by foundation, so I'll reach for this powder. If you suffer from rosacea, I highly, HIGHLY recommend that you try this.

Bronzing


 This is a recent purchase, but Soleil Tan De Chanel is pretty much all that I reach for when I want to contour my face or add a little colour. When I use my Real Techniques Contour Brush and just lightly tap it into the cream formula, I'm able to build up to the perfect amount of definition in my cheek bones, without over doing it.

What are some of you're favourite products for your skin colour? Pale or not, I'd love to know!



21.7.12

Ombre Nails: The New Black in Haze


Ombre nails are something I've been lusting after the past couple months. My favourite version of ombre nails is having five different shades, one on each nail. The New Black 5-Piece Ombre Set ($24) does all of the thinking for you, as it takes out the hard work of finding the perfect shades to complete the look.


When I first received my Sephora order that was housing these polishes, I didn't expect them to be so small. The glass base that has the polish in it, is roughly an inch high, and there isn't much polish in each bottle, especially when you're paying a pretty penny for them.

Other than the size of the bottles, I was disappointed with almost half of the polishes but for different reasons. The lightest shade was my biggest disappointment. It was difficult to apply, and bubbles appeared after it started to dry. The darkest shade was also a disappointment, not because of the quality, but I didn't like that it was a duo-chrome shade when the rest were creams.

Overall, is it worth it? Probably not. I don't regret purchasing this set because I can't seem to get the same effect with other nail polishes. If it wasn't as expensive I'd be more inclined to purchase other sets, until then, I'll be wearing Haze.

Have you been wearing the ombre trend on your nails?

18.7.12

A Look At The New Nars Foreplay Palette


Finally after weeks of waiting for my Sephora order to come in the mail, the newest addition to the Nars family came to my door step. This limited edition, Sephora exclusive, palette has four beautiful shades. Three of which are exclusive to this palette along side the cult favourite, orgasm. There are two matte shades, a peach and a pink shade, while the other two in the palette are a gold highlighting blush and orgasm, a peachy pink with gold flecks. 





The colour payoff is beautiful in all of the blushes, although I was slightly disappointed in the Orgasm shade. In comparison to my other Orgasm, it wasn't quite the same, I noticed it to be more powdery and sit on my skin more than normal. The other slight problem I have with the palette is that a regular sized blush brush doesn't fit into the two left blushes very nicely. I find it quite hard to only get one shade on my brush resulting in having two blush shades on my cheeks, rather that the one shade I was aiming for. 

Wearing the matte pink shade.
Wearing the gold highlighting shade.
Wearing the matte pink shade.

Wearing Orgasm.


14.7.12

Favorite Make-Up Brushes!


Have you ever tried to apply makeup with fingers, or even those horrible sponge applicators? Probably. I think everyone has once in their life. The difference you can get with even a single, good, quality brush is amazing. If you're thinking of buying a new brush, I thought I'd show you some of my favourite brushes to get some ideas. These brushes are the brushes that I reach for almost everyday. 

Top Right to Bottom: Mac 130, Real Techniques Buffing Brush, Body Shop Powder Foundation Brush
 Mac 130

If you're an ultra-fair skinned lady, and attempt to contour your cheek bones, this is the best brush to do that with. Because of the tapered point, it can be used to give the slightest definition, or you can build it up. This is also a wonderful blush brush. 

Real Techniques Buffing Brush

I don't think I will ever be able to purchase another foundation brush again. It's unbelievable the difference that this brush can make. I'm someone who wants their foundation to look invisible to the naked eye, and this is exactly what it does. 

Body Shop Powder Foundation Brush

The sole purpose of this brush isn't for powdered foundation, but for setting powder. And let me tell you, this brush, and Macs Skin Finish Natural gives the prettiest look to the skin. 



Left to Right:
Smashbox #10, Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush, Mac 219, Mac 239, Mac 227, Mac 217


Smashbox #10

I love this brush for blending out creases or adding a slight shimmer to the under brow bone or the inner corner. The reason this brush is my favourite is because of how soft it is, and it gets the job done very well. 

Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush

The two uses for this brush that I have are cream eye shadows and under eye concealer. With both cream products, it packs on the pigments, but also buffs it out around the edges. Whether its blending cream shadow into creases, or blending concealer into surrounding skin, I've always reached for this brush.

Mac 219

When it comes to smudging anything, this is my go-to brush. Its amazing for smudging liner and shadow any place you'd like, but mainly lash lines. 

Mac 239

This is probably my most used brush. Its flat, firm bristles make it so easy to pack on eyeshadow. I'll start out with this brush every morning and create my base. Sometimes the 239 is the only brush I'll use, but normally I will follow up with a selection of other brushes to either blend, or add another colour. 

Mac 227

If a fluffy blending brush just isn't doing it, Ill reach for the 227. It will blend out any harsh lines and create a nice flow between different shades. One of the other uses is packing on a solid colour all over the eye. I'd recommend a light champagne/white as you'll pack the shade on from the brow bone to the lash line in almost one sweep, due to the size, and that can be dangerous if you use too dark of a shade.

Mac 217

Who hasn't heard of this brush? It's one of the most talked about eye brushes in the beauty community, and for good reason. The firm yet spread out bristles make blending any eyeshadow a breeze. When creating a smoky eye, I've never not used this brush. If you aren't into smoky eyes, it works very well sweeping eyeshadow over the lid and is effortless beyond belief. 

What are some of your favourite brushes? Send me a link if you've done a similar post, I'd love to read it!



10.7.12

Magnetic Nail Polish: Splurge or Save?


It was Christmas time when I was first introduced to magnetic nail polish, and I was so amazed by it that I needed to try it. To my knowledge there were very few brands that sold magnetic nail polish, and they unfortunately were more on the expensive side. My first magnetic nail polish was by nails inc. in the shade House of Parliament ($18). Just recently I have seen Sally Hansen come out with magnetic nail polish and at a much cheaper price of $9.99. I decided to pick up the shade Polar Purple since it's an exact duplicate of the nails inc. shade. 


Index and Middle Finger: nails inc. in House of Parliament
Ring and Pinkie Finger: Sally Hansen in Polar Purple
Ring and Pinkie Finger: Sally Hansen in Polar Purple
Index and Middle Finger: nails inc. in House of Parliament

Hopefully you can tell that the quality of the Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Polish surpasses the nails inc. polish on so many levels. The Sally Hansen polish has a much smoother application than the nails inc. polish, you may be able to notice that on the last picture. Whether it is the magnet in the cap, or the formula of the Sally Hansen shade, the magnetic effect is much more noticeable. 

If you're interested in a magnetic polish head to your local Walmart or Shoppers Drug Mart and pick up a Sally Hansen Magnetic Polish, and you'll be much more pleased than if you were to spend the extra $8 on a nails inc. version. 

6.7.12

NOTD - Pink Glitter Ombré



I've been loving anything ombré lately. I also keep seeing gradient nails everywhere, and I just can't resist anymore, so I thought I might as well put some glitter into the mix. I really love the effect of the glitter, as it's so eye catching in the summer sun.
Used to create this look: Sally Hansen Gem Crush in Razzle Dazzler, Essie Luxe Effects in a Cut Above, Chanel Nail Polish in May and Revlon 261 Sparkling.
By all means, you do not need all 3 pink glitter polishes to create this look. I just happen to have them all, and wanted to try and use them up.




If you're trying to decide which pink glitter polish is right for you, you might like;
Sally Hansen Gem Crush in Razzle Dazzler if you want a mixture of small and medium sized glitter that won't be too overpowering. There is a mixture of silver and pink glitter. I highly recommend this polish for the look since it can become opaque after 2 coats which is perfect on the tip.
Essie Luxe Effect in A Cut Above if you want only chunky glitter. This does become harder to have a gradient effect, but if you have patience, it creates a gorgeous effect.
Revlon 261 Sparkling if you want a solely pink glitter polish with small and medium sized glitter. The only downfall with this polish is that the glitter is more dispersed than I would prefer.

4.7.12

June Favourites



June was an extremely hectic month, I was working almost 60 hour weeks, with barely anytime to myself. So, with such a hectic month, I really wore the bare minimum all month. I had no desire to do anything special, makeup wise.  These are the products that I have been loving, that not only are excellent themselves, but make getting ready in the morning so much faster. - which equals more time to sleep! 

Lush Lip Scrub in Bubblegum

I'm not normally a lip scrub person. I should have been a long time ago but I didn't find on that worked like this baby! Now I grab this as soon as I notice my lips getting scaly - eww, right? It doesn't hurt that it tastes really good.

Mac Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Light

I've tried so many powders, and this one probably tops them all. I love how it mattes my shiny skin but it doesn't make my skin look flat. Perfection I tell ya, perfection. 

Mac Paint Pot in Painterly

First off, this doesn't work as a primer for me at ALL in the summer months. The visual is quite disturbing if I do use this as a primer. My eye becomes crease central. The product as a neutralizer for my eye is wonderful. It blends into my skin, and my eyes don't have veins on them for when I'm not wearing eyeshadow. 

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in Light

All labels aside, I love this. By that I mean, I don't think it's a BB cream. Now I'm not an expert on BB creams, but from the texture it's not comparable. This BB cream doesn't have that heavier texture that I find most BB creams have. I personally think of it as a drugstore tinted moisturizer. It leaves my skin feeling weightless and evened out. By no means does it cover any breakout unfortunately. 

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm

This seams to be in every ones favourites this past couple months, and I know why. It's fantastic. It has a great texture, scent and the results are even better then great. The only thing I don't like about the product, is if you apply to much, it becomes tacky. 

Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup in 1N1

Any type of 'like skin' foundation has been a favourite this month. A 'like skin' foundation is a foundation that some one can't see any type of residue left from the foundation. It will fool everyone that you have perfect, porcelain skin. Well porcelain is you're a fair shade. None the less, beautiful skin. I have the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation as well, but the colour of that one doesn't match as well as the Estee Lauder foundation.

Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara

Maybelline tops my list on best drugstore mascaras, and this one is no different. It coats the lashes effortlessly and makes them look so naturally gorgeous. The application is fantastic since it has a bendable brush so when you brush up on your lashes it doesn't pull at them. It feels almost cloud like. - not a good description on that! Sorry!

Lancome Art Liner in Iceblack 

Liquid liner can be the easier or the hardest thing, depending on who you are. Ice black is a gorgeous bronzed colour that doesn't need a perfectly shaped line like a black liner would need. Not needing a perfect line makes it so easy to put on and with no fuss. The shade also gives your eyes great definition without be over powering.

Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Bisque

How do I even start with this? I don't think I can live without this any time soon. It covers my dark circles like nobodies business, stays put for hours and brings this light to my eyes that I'm sure I didn't even have when I was a baby. 

Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo in 25 Bad To The Bronze

I have one of those skin tones that doesn't look so good in gold, but bronze sure complements its. It also helps a lot that this cream shadow stays put, with out a primer, and without having to set it. I'd have to say it probably better that 90% of the higher end cream eye shadows out there. 

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 55 Romance

This is probably one of my favourite lip products, ever. Romance isn't my favourite shade off all the Coco Shines, but it sure is nice in the summer time. There is something about the texture, and pigmentation that just finishes an entire face. It gives such a breathtaking affect to the lips. I love how soft and moisturized they make my lips look. I'd recommend these to everyone. 

What are some of your favourites this month? Send me the link if you have a favourites post!