31.10.12

Happy Halloween!

How was everyones Halloween? I didn't do anything, I've been watching Netflix all night and went to the mall and did a little work clothes shopping. I'm so sad that we didn't get any children, but I understand living on a high floor in our apartment building. It's always been my favourite part of Halloween to give out candy to others, even when I was little! I would stay up late, and give the cutest kids extra candy, which is probably why we ran out so fast. Now that I think of it, they were mostly babies, so I actually was giving their parents more! 

I was never one for dressing up, I can only clearly remember 3 outfits I actually wore. An angel, a half devil, half angel, and a hippie! Do you guys remember what you're favourite costumes were? I'd love to know!

I also did some bloody nail art for today. It's no wear near perfect since I did them free hand, but I sure loved looking on them!

xx, Ashley



30.10.12

Tutorial: Taylor Swift Inspired!

I've been in LOVE with Taylor Swift's new album Red. I also loved her cover and the photo shoot as well. While she never really did give us a close up of anything except for her perfectly shaped lips painted with red, I wanted to do a look inspired by her. I've always been a fan of Taylor's red lips, and she pulls them off so classically. Me on the other hand, look like I should be in a strip bar, not that I have the body in the slightest. 

Honestly, if I could pull off her bangs, and red lips, I wouldn't wear anything other than that! I actually once went with blunt bangs, and really liked it, but I'm so lazy when it comes to styling them. I'll stick with my long, grown out bangs until I find time to get a hair cut. Any who, I'll finish my rambling! Enjoy!

1. Base!

The most important step in any makeup look in my opinion. Taylor always seems to have flawless, glowing skin! I started out with my beloved Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Foundation (review here) and concealed any dark circles with Bobbi Brown Corrector (review here). To highlight my skin, I used an all over face highlighter/powder Stila Set & Illuminate Baked Powder Trio. 

2. Contour & Color

 Although Taylor Swift isn't normally seen with contour, there actually seemed to be some on the photos I've seen recently, or she just has great cheek bones! I used Nars Laguna and a pinch of Nars Orgasm on the apples of my cheeks to enhance my skin. 

3. Eyes & Brows

I love when Taylor enhances her eyes by smudging out eyeliner. I used a Brun Le Khol Eyeliner from Lancome and smudged the eyeliner to soften it. I also added a coat of Prestige My Blackest Lashes. With every eye makeup look, there is almost always grooming to the eyebrows. I filled mine in slightly with a brow pen by Gosh (review here) I actually love this effect for everyday! 

4. Red Lips

 The main focus on any of Taylor's looks these days, are red lips! I wonder if she will be wearing them in every music video for this album? hmm.. I used Guerlain Rouge Automatic in 120 Coque D'Or, which is probably one of the most expensive lipstick I have ever used, but the most beautiful. Its a red with gold shimmer that can be sheered or be opaque depending how you apply it. I can definitely see Taylor Swift wearing this! 

What do you guys think of this look? 
Do you have a favourite song off of Red? Mine is 'I Knew You Were Trouble.'

29.10.12

Winter Polish: Essie's It's Genius


If you haven't guessed by now, I'm a huge Essie fan, actually nail polish in general is one of my favourite things! I've always been on the search for the perfect seasonal nail polish and I finally found it in Essies It's Genius for the fall/winter season. Im in love with this nail polish because of the colour! Purples are my favourite shade, but I can never find the perfect shade in-between a light and a dark purple. I also love that there are gold flexs in the the polish to brighten it up and make it unique! 
Normally when I find a beautiful colour of nail polish the formula is horrid. Thankfully this is not the situation with It's Genius. 2 coats is all you need for this nail polish to become opaque and shiny. I would normally say that you don't need a top coat, but I recommend using one so that it prevents chipping as I found this particular shade chips easier than other shades from Essie.
Essie describes this polish as a,

"violet quarts shimmer with beige undertone"

I don't nessisarly agree, I would more describe it as a purple-magenta, I don't see the beige undertones, but I'm no expert. 
 I think Essie's It's Genius will be on my nails until the rain goes away which will probably be May! Essies It's Genius was a limited edition nail polish from 2008, but is actually apart of the permanent line. I found mine at London Drugs, but I know some places don't carry all of the Essie line, so you might have to shop around.

Product: Essie's It's Genius
Price: $9.99
Availability: Anywhere the full line of Essie is found, or online!

27.10.12

Bobbi Brown Corrector: Review + Photos!

 One product that I always reach to when I haven't been getting a lot of sleep, is the Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Bisque. Porcelain Bisque is an very light salmon corrector that can be used anywhere that has a bit of discoloration. I use this shade in particular for my under eyes. I also blend this down my cheek to 'highlight' the centre of my face and to add dimension, since I really need help on my round, non angular face! I normally apply this after my foundation but in the pictures I applied it without foundation so you can easily see the difference! 

I honestly don't see myself not repurchasing this product! I don't always reach for it, but when I feel the need for a pick-me-up, I run straight for it!
I always apply this in three areas of my face;
- inner corner of the eye
- the darkest area under my eye
- the outer edge of my eye

All of these areas either get shadows or are a result of dark circles. Because my particular shade of corrector is actually lighter than my skin tone - shocker, I know - it really helps lighten those areas, even if it's only slightly lighter. I've also used this on spots, and around the nose, it has always worked perfectly!

As always when applying a product I always 'tap' the product into the skin with my ring finger. Since the texture of the Bobbi Brown Corrector is a highly pigmented cream, that's not too thick or sticky, it blends into the skin beautifuly. I purposely apply more product than I need, and bring it downwards to brighten the highest area of the apples of my cheeks.

Product: Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Bisque
Price: $30
Availability: Sephora, Holt Renfrew, Murale and Online.

Have you tried the Bobbi Brown Corrector? What experiences do you have with correctors, do you have a favourite?

25.10.12

Favorite Nude Nail Polishes

With my new job, I'm only allowed to wear neutral nail polishes, which is a total bummer but luckily I already have quite a few options. A lot of people wear neutral nails to work, or just because they love the look. Nude nails looks so beautiful and classic on the nails which is exactly why I like them! 

Here are my favourite nail polishes when I'm wanting to wear a nude nail polish!

Each polish has two coats so you have an idea of what they look like on the nail. 
OPI Samoan Sand: I've previously done a post on Samoan Sand, you can check that out here. This shade is a beige sheer nail polish that makes your natural nail look healthier and cleaner. 

OPI Bubble Bath: This is one of my favourite nail polishes. As it is a pink sheer nail polish, the pink tones go better with my skin colour. 

Revlon Peach Smoothie: This peach/yellow toned nude nail polish has beautiful iridescent pink and gold reflects. The nail polish can be difficult to work with at times, but worth it!

Essie Lady Like: A nude with a little hint of purple to it is still nude enough to work in the work place!

Essie Brooch The Subject: A very beige opaque nude doesn't work as well as I'd like it to on my skin tone, but I like the colour so I still wear it just not as much as the others. 
What is your favourite nude nail polish? Have you tried any of these nail polishes? Let me know!

23.10.12

Benefit's Porefessional: Review + Photos!


The Benefit Porefessional has been quite popular in the blogging community lately. I've had this product for over a year and haven't talked much about it. I honestly didn't use the product much at all, I didn't see the hype and it didn't do anything for my skin so it stayed in the back of my drawer for quite some time. I pulled the professional out a few weeks ago, and started using it again when I was shopping my drawers for a new primer. Surprisingly, I really, really liked it!

At first, I couldn't figure out why I really didn't enjoy the pore minimizing primer so many months ago. I figured out later on that it was the foundation I used on top of the primer. 
Benefit says that the Porefessional will;

Quickly minimize the appearance of pores & fine lines for smoother-than-smooth skin! Apply this silky, lightweight balm alone, under or over makeup. Translucent, oil-free formula complements all skintones and helps makeup stay put. Contains a Vitamin E derivative, known to protect skin from free radicals.


I believe that what Benefit states, is true!

Since I've been using the Porefessional, it's really been improving the appearance of my skin, as well as the longevity of my foundation. I love that this primer is transparent, because I can also use this on a good skin day and keep my skin looking smoother. I also find that this primer keeps the oils away throughout the day, even though the product doesn't claim to control oil. 
To use the Porefessional, you squeeze that plastic bottle and the balm comes out of a small hole, controlling the amount of product that will come out at one time. A little goes a long way, so the small hole makes sure that you're not going to waste the product.

There are a few downsides with the professional. I find that if you touch your face too soon after application of this product, it comes off, such as taking a phone call. You have to wait longer than I'd like for it to settle. The product can also 'collect' in the larger pores when you look very closely at the skin, which can be unflattering. When you have inflamed pores (see above picture) it doesn't do anything to smooth them out, although this is a pore reducer, I was hoping that it would do something to disguise them.
Overall, I highly suggest this product. It does everything it says, plus a little more. For someone who struggles with enlarged pores, this product really helps hide the problem! 

Product: Benefit Porefessional
Price: $34
Availability: Select Shoppers Drug Marts, Sephora, or online.

22.10.12

What Comes First?!


I get a lot of questions in my job about skincare application. What comes first? Where do I apply this? When do I apply this? I'm sure I have a few readers who have the same questions, so I thought I'd do a post answering these questions.

1. Cleanser. You always need to use a cleanser to clean your skin of the oils and dirt that have accumulated on you skin throughout the night, or day.

2. Scrub and/or Masque. Don't skip out on cleansing your face if you're going to be using a scrub that day. Scrubs don't clean you face, they just take away dead skin cells. Scrubs are ONLY to be used once a week, too much will harm your skin. Masques are also only supposed to be used as recommended, so check the recommended use on the back of the product.

3. Toner. I did a post awhile back about toner here so if you don't use toner, or wonder why you should  check it out!

4. Eye Cream. This is the most surprising placement for most people, but there is a good reason why.  You want to use an eye serum and/or eye cream before face serums and creams, because you would still have that residue on your fingers when you go to apply your eye cream. If you accidentally get those face products onto your eye area, it may do more harm than good, because they aren't tested for around the eye area. When applying eye cream, use your ring fingers because they are the weakest finger and will be less likely to pull at the delicate skin. You also want to 'tap' the product into the skin rather than rub.

5. Serum. When using products on your face, you want to use the thinnest product first. Serums are thinner than creams, and serums also penetrate the skin deeper than a cream.

6. Day or Night Cream. Being the richest product that you'll be applying, it goes last.

Hopefully I answered the questions you might have had. If I didn't, feel free to ask me anything you want to know in the comments. I always try my best to answer my comments!

20.10.12

Empties!


I've never done an empties post on my blog yet, and I love reading them on other blogs so I thought I'd do one and show you the products I've used up. 

You won't see too many empties posts from me, because I really never use up products, I'm the biggest hoarder of cosmetics you'll know. When I was going through products I found some products that I probably emptied 6 months ago, and have been holding on for them for awhile. Next I'll have ten cats, I can see my life going like that! 
Caudalie Beauty Elixar
I'm a simple person when it comes to skin care, the faster the better, so a toner that I just spray on my face is such a good invention. While some people complain about the scent, I quite like it. I've already purchased the full size!

Biotherm Biosource Micelle Water
I was once in a mood to switch out my beloved Bioderma, and while this was a good Micelle water, It wasn't great. They are similar in price, but I won't be repurchase this. 

Lise Watier 3 in 1 One Step Cleansing Cloths
I absolutely loved this product. I would repurchase forever, except for the fact that they JUST discontinued this product. I'm so, so sad. 
Bourjois 10 Hour Sleep Effect
This is a really nice foundation, it does have vitamin c in the formula so it awakens the skin when you apply it. Perfect for those early mornings. I did like this, but there are better. Maybe I'll repurchase in a few years. 

Stila Perfect & Correct
I've been raving about this foundation ever since I purchased this. I do REALLY love this product, but there is one problem, It's too dark for me. I can make it work when I really buff it into my skin, but I'm big into trying new foundations right now. If you buy this, buy an dense foundation brush too buff in the product. I'll repurchase at some point!

Make Up Forever HD
This is a really nice foundation, and it would be on the top of my list, if it didn't enhance my dry flaky skin. I like more moisturizing foundations. I don't think I will repurchase this.

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream
This was one of my favourite products at the beginning of summer, I wore it almost every day for something fast. I found this more as a tinted moisturizer than a BB cream, but I still love it. I don't use this so much in the winter, I prefer fuller coverage foundations, but I have already repurchased this for when I need something fast. 

Maybelline Age Rewind Under Eye Concealer
I just finished this a couple days ago, and it's been sucky without it. I really recommend everyone to try this. Just remember its for under the eyes, not blemishes. I honestly thing this is better than any concealer I have ever tried, high end, and low end. Will repurchase this ASAP!
Maybelline Falsies Mascara
This is a really good mascara for me. It separates, lengthens and volumizes. While I do love this, I rarely repurchase a mascara unless I can't be without it. I won't be repurchasing this. 

Loreal Voluminous
I purchased the curved brush formula, and I think that was a huge mistake. I utterly hated this product, and pained me to use it. All I got was clumps, and clumps of mascara on my eyelashes. I'll never buy this again.

Dior Diorshow
A LOT of people love this. Its not my type of mascara; big, thick lashes. I won't buy this again. 

Smashbox Photo Ready Eye Primer x 1.5
I really liked this primer, it can be used anywhere on the face, but the tint in it is WAY to dark. So if you're darker that a NW 25, this would be good for you. I like my primers to match my skin tone, so I won't buy this again. 

Hope you all liked reading about my empties!

Do you like these types of posts?
What have you recently emptied?

Let me know!

18.10.12

My Make Up: The Bare Minimum

How are you all today? It's been such a good week for me. I headed to my first day of training today, and I thought I'd show you what products I used!

I knew that I needed to wear all black - so boring, and that my makeup needed to be noticeable, but not 'made up'. To me that means natural makeup, so these are the product's I used to create my polished work makeup.  

 + Benefit Porefessional *I forgot to photograph this! Whoops!
+ Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in 110
+ Stila Custom Color Blush in Pink
+ Mac Retrospeck Eyeshadow
+ Kiss Me Mascara in Black
+ Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01
+ OPI Bubble Bath 
I started off with Benefit Professional, I apply this to my t-zone where I get oily. This reduces oil and fills in large pores to create a smooth surface. Using a Beauty Blender I applied Make Up Forever HD Foundation. I wanted a more full coverage foundation to hide any imperfections, plus, it matches me really well so I like using it when I wear my hair up. Since I took all the colour out of my cheeks, I applied Stilas Custom Color Blush in pink for the perfect flush to the cheeks. This product is very pigmented, so you barely need to tap your brush into the product! I barely wanted any colour on the lid because I didn't know what they considered 'made up.' I used Mac Retrospeck, while it is a very neutral shade, it still different. The shade is a mix of silver and gold and brightens the eye instantly. For my mascara, I didn't want there to be any running at all, so I used my favourite natural waterproof mascara, Kiss Me. Kiss Me Mascara is a tube mascara, so it doesn't come off without soap and water. I finished off my make up look with Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 02. 

For my nails I used OPI's Bubble Bath for natural nail. Normally I don't wear sheer nail polishes like this, but I actually like the change. 



16.10.12

October Wish List

I've been on a bit of a forced spending ban with moving to Vancouver. Moving down here cost pretty close to the 5 figure mark, which was completely unexpected. We had car troubles before we moved and after we moved. We bought all our furniture and kitchen stuff for our one bedroom apartment since we couldn't bring all of our furniture from up north. So since our savings got decreased quite a bit, I've been very tight on what I'm buying. I feel quite insecure without a some savings, which I think we all can feel. Now that we are getting settled, and we've finished buying everything for our apartment, I've been able to lust more into the wish list that I've been keeping in my head for the past two months.

So here are the top 10 products I want right right now;

 I'll be honest I don't use many product on my hair - I am trying though! I think the main reason I want this, is how it looks. It's just the most beautiful product!

2. A Curling Iron 
 I really just want any curling iron, it can be a cheap or an expensive one! 

I've seen some people use this in FOTD photos, or eye look posts, and their lashes all heavenly. Now either they all are blessed, or it's this mascara, I'd like to believe it's this mascara so I can have them too!

I saw Louise from A Little Beauty Luxury post about this, and then played with it in Sephora, I knew then I needed it. It made the are I applied it on look and feel so nice, plus Louise's fantastic review didn't help with me resisting.

 I've been wanting the perfect Christmas time nail polish, and I think this is perfect! 

 I love supporting great causes, plus this polish is so cute!

 I think it's about time that I finally purchase this. Now I just have decide if I want this one first or the Tarte mascara.

 I've been in love with YSL lipsticks, and I want to expand, and I think this 'muted raspberry pink' is going to be my next purchase.

 I don't know why I want a powder kohl when the only one I tried royally sucked, but I think this has promise! The colour is just so pretty. 

I love the idea of this product! Especially using it as a dotting tool to build up lash line intensity. I can't really decide between the Two Faced version, or the Clarins.

The Difference In Color

I love liquid eyeliner, especially Lancome Art Liners. When it comes to liquid liner all I use is Lancome, although it is quite an expensive eyeliner at $37 but I think its worth the money. The Art Liners have a flexible foam tip that allows you to seamlessly draw a perfect line with ease. The one big reason I think these are worth the money is how long they last! I've only had Brun and Noir for a couple months, but Ice Black has lasted me about 15 months so far, and it's still running strong! I only own three shades, Ice Black, Brun and Nior, each shade gives a different effect to the eye. 

Ice Black, or even any dark gold eyeliner adds definition to the eye without being to harsh. Whether it's a thin line or a heavy line it can easily compliment any makeup! Ice Black is my favourite shade and by far the easiest to apply. Ice Black is a metallic taupe brown eyeliner. 

Brun or any brown eyeliner can become harsh is it's too thick of a line, but I prefer wearing this as a thinner line for a more natural look. Accompanied with a smoky brown look is one of my favourite ways to wear Brun! Brun is a semi-metallic dark brown with small gold flexes.

Nior or any black eyeliner is my favourite when I want a strong eyeliner look. I don't normally use Noir on its own unless i'm going for an bold cat eye. Noir dries to be a matte intense black. 

What colour eyeliner do you normally wear? Have you tried Lancome Art Liners? Let me know!

14.10.12

NOTD: Red and Glitter Ombre

To create this look I used two nail polishes, Bourjois Rouge Fashionista and Essie's Set In Stones. I have really been loving Essie's Set In Stones lately. If you're an avid reader of Blush Bug, than you have probably seen quite a few posts with it. Such as here and I've also done a similar look with Essies A Cut Above - a pink version of Set in Stones here. I love the effect of the glitter and how it transforms a regular red polish into something edgy and eye catching!
 For the red shade I used Bourjois Rouge Fashionista. I probably could have gotten away with just using one coat, but I was unhappy of the lines I drew with the first coat around the edge of my nail. The application of Rouge Fashionista is beautiful, as I've said before Bourjois makes some of the best nail polish formulas. I'm not wearing a top coat in the pictures, so you can see that the polish dries to a nice shine!
When it came to adding the glitter, it was a bit of a task. I wanted the glitter to be quite heavy around the top of my nail so I used a pointy object (a pin) to strategically place glitter where I wanted it. Overall I was really happy with how the glitter came out! It does take some time, so I don't think I would have the patience to do every nail like this. 

*this photo was taken with flash*
Both Bourjois Rouge Fashionista and Essie Set In Stones are both available at Shoppers Drug Mart. 

What do you think about using glitter this way? Would you wear it? Let me know!

ps. I apologize if you noticed that the pictures today were slightly more grainy. I got busy earlier and by 5pm it was already too dark so I had to use a higher IOS. #bloggerproblems


12.10.12

Review: Nars Silk Road Eyeshadow Duo

 Nars eyeshadow duos are talked about quite often in the blogging world, so Nars must be doing something right, right? Well when it comes to Silk Road, I'm not to sure. These eyeshadows are ones I often use, but that doesn't mean I love them.
The product is mediocre, the lightest shade (right), an icy champagne peach is quite sheer and the darker shade (left) is a rose gold shade with chunky gold glitter that loves to fall onto the rest of your face. While the peach shade is sheer, and doesn't have much pigmentation, when applied to the lid it does create a 'glow.' The glow doesn't look like you have eyeshadow on, but you can tell that your eyelids/inner corner are brightened and more enhanced. The icy peach shade I don't have a problem with, it wasn't what I expected when I purchased it, but I like the effect it creates. My biggest problem with the duo is the rose gold shade. I really don't think it's necessary for the chunky glitter to be in the pigments. I never get any glitter onto my actual lid, it all lands on my cheeks, and if I does stay on my lid it falls onto my face throughout the day.
The colours in Silk Road are really beautiful minus their texture flaws. I love that you can wear either shade alone, or together. Luckily together they make the prettiest rose gold eye look. The rose gold shade brings a nice warmth to the eye applied above the crease.
Overall, I don't think that Silk road is worth the $39 price tag. I don't regret the purchase since I use it quite often and I really love it, but the few texture flaws bother me every time I apply it.

Product: Nars Eyeshadow Duo in Silk Road
Price: $39
Availability: Sephora, Holt Renfrew, The Bay

Have you tried Silk Road before? What is your favourite Nars Eyeshadow Duo? Let me know!

11.10.12

NOTD: Matte Cocktail Bling



Matte nails aren't the biggest trend right now, but that doesn't mean I won't wear them. I actually like the look of matte nails, it does take a certain mood and the right shade of nail polish for me to wear matte nails. I paired together Essie's Cocktail Bling and Gosh's Matte Top Coat to create this look. I love Cocktail Bling as an overall colour, and I wear it quite often, so it's nice to mix up the polish with a top coat. I've liked the change from a glossy finish to a matte finish with Cocktail Bling.

Essie's Cocktail Bling ($8) is an amazing shade, its incredibly unique with its shade; a grey with a touch of lavender. It applies flawlessly and becomes opaque in two coats. 

Gosh's Matte Top Coat ($9) isn't completely matte, but that's why I like it. I don't like overly matte top coats, and Gosh's leaves it as more of a suede finish. It takes out the shine, but doesn't leave it flat. 

Both of these nail polishes are available at Shoppers Drug Mart. 
Have you tried Cocktail Bling or Gosh's Matte Top Coat? Do you still wear matte nails? Let me know!