31.12.12

Thoughts on 2012: Blogging Feats & Resolutions

Since I've started writing a blog, I didn't realize how much there was to learn. I know many of you who read my blog already write one, or maybe you're thinking of starting one. I don't normally talk about the technical aspects of blogging, but I wanted to share with you some of the things I've learned throughout the year. Everyone will have different priorities with blogging and what matters most to you, won't be the same as mine. Hopefully this will either be interesting, or helpful to some of you.

Personalize. I began to be the most happy with my blog when I started to play around with the design, as it wasn't visually appealing to me for quite some time. Google became my best friend as I slowly learnt HTML. It's still a bitch though. One of the most important changes was making my pictures all the same size, and to match the paragraph margin. Here is the link to help you with that if you are interested.

Daylight. I don't know about the rest of the world, but damn, Canada does not give you enough natural daylight in a day. By the time I'm off work (usually 4pm) it's pitch black as I drive home. I have realized that I will never be able to work with indoor lighting. Taking pictures is both the most relaxing or stressful thing in my life.

Twitter. I really was not a fan of Twitter when I first started blogging, and I wish I would have started sooner. I found some of my favourite bloggers through there, and I love being able to talk to everyone so easily! (@BlushBugBlog by the way!)

Blues. Getting through the blogging blues is hard to overcome. I've gotten discouraged with almost every aspect of blogging, and sometimes it takes a little kick to get me out of them.

Writing. Writing is not my best strength when it comes to quality on posts. I would love to be able to write in a way I can consume a reader in my content. It's rare to find those blogs, but when you do, you can't get enough.

Schedule. As much as I hate posting on a schedule, I've learnt that it does have an impact. I am more organized and I know I prefer it when other blogs write on a schedule so I know when to expect posts, so I do the same.

I also want to share a couple things I want in the next year.

Tweet more. As I've said above, I love twitter, but I still have not gotten into the habit of using it. Hopefully in the new year I'll push my self to interact as much as I've been attending to.

To Save. I've been dreaming about all of the equipment I want to make blogging a little easier. I would love professional lighting for indoors. A Macbook for when I'm to lazy to get on the computer, a pathetic excuse for wanting one, eh? I would like the newest Canon T4i because of the swivelling view finder, which would make hard to get photos being about 75 shots to get it perfect to hopefully 10. It also wouldn't hurt to add some more products to my collection. I'm addicted I tell ya.

To invest in clothes. I'm not saying dropping a couple hundred on one item of clothing, but I want to start shopping around more. Being plus size, makes it quite difficult to feel comfortable in clothes, and although I have quite a bit of clothing, I don't feel good wearing about 90% of it. So buying clothes that make me look and feel good are on the top of my list.

Find more time. Probably impossible in the literal sense  but I would love to have more time to spend with my dog and my boyfriend, so the words "Sorry, I have to put up a post tonight" don't come out of my mouth. Weather it's getting up earlier or scheduling posts, I'd like to make that a goal.

Adding some lifestyle posts. I love seeing a compilation of photos of moments of the past couple months on blogs. It would be nice to step away from strictly beauty at some points.

Discover more blogs. I don't know about you, but the moment you come across a blog and know it's going to be love without having to go past a page, is such an amazing moment. You can't find the amazing blogs without reading A LOT! Reading through blogs is also one of my favourite wind down things to do.

What are some of the things you've learnt in 2012, what do you hope to come of next year? I would LOVE to know! xx

28.12.12

Cranberry Holiday Makeup

It's been so busy this week I can't even explain. I'm sad but quite glad it's over as well. My parents flew into Vancouver to come stay with us for the holidays. While I worked more than I would ever want, we made good memories around the Christmas tree and dinner table, while opening presents, my boyfriend missing my Grandmas head by a few inches, and playing Apples To Apples. I took a few pictures earlier this week of my makeup that I really loved. I went for a Cranberry eye, lip and cheek. Because they are different variations of the shade, I think it ended up looking really pretty.
A few of the stand out items were my Smashbox Halo Yellow Color Correcting Hydrating Powder to take away any redness from my skin. Since I was adding red shades all around my skin, I didn't want any of my centered unflattering redness around my face showing up. I turned to Stila Pigalle and Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk used as a base to be the main focal point of my makeup. 

List Of Products Used:

Face:
Covergirl Nature Luxe Foundation 
Smashbox Halo Yellow Color Correcting Hydrating Powder
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Cream Blush in Plum
Clinique Airbrush Concealer

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bold Gold
Stila Single Eyeshadow in Pigalle
Lancome Le Kohl Liner in Plum
Clinique High Impact Mascara

Lips:
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy

24.12.12

Top 12 of 2012

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! I do hope you're all having an amazing time with your family and loved ones. I'm writing this a couple days before, so that I'm able to embrace every moment I have with them since they will be flying back home soon. 

I'm wanting to share with you one of my all time favourite posts to read, and that is favorite posts, but this is my yearly favorites, so you'll know these are the BEST products I've come past this year. I've been using almost all of these products for more that 6 months, so I've tried and tested each product in to many situations to count. 

Gosh Brow Pen
My go to product all year. I switch between quite a few, but this gives me the most natural, long lasting and waterproof brows I could as for. I've been through two of these now, and they last a very long time before running out. This past one is getting close to it's end, but it had been going strong for almost 6 months.  link - link

Essie - It's Genius
I'm sure you've probably guessed now that I have a slight obsession with Essie nail polishes, and it consumes about 1/3 of my collection. This was in a collection awhile ago, but was unable to get my hands on it. I finally found it, and I've been wearing every third polish switch. I would say it's my most worn nail polish of the year, even though I've only had it for a couple months. The berry shade with gold shimmer makes it wearable in winter and summer without looking off. I really hope they put this in they're permanent collection. link

Beauty Blender
I got this for Christmas last year, at first I didn't love it so much, but I pulled it out close to 5 months ago, and it's really the only thing I've been using to apply foundation. I also pull it out for cream blush and other liquid products. link 

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy
The overall Coco Shine line is a favorite, but Boy is the one I wear the most. It's a lovely light berry shade that makes my lips look natural and hydrated. These wear for about 3 hours before I have to reapply but with this type of product I wouldn't expect it to last more that that. link

It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product
This is one of my favorite hair products that I haven't talked a whole lot about. I use this as a leave in conditioner after I wash my hair in the ends since it can easily get quite dry. I also use this when I apply heat to my hair, which isn't very ofter. link

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Foundation
I've talked about this countless times on my blog, but it's because it truly is my favorite foundation I've ever tried. Take it from me, I've tried a bucket full. This hydrating, luminous foundation that doesn't make my skin look oily with my combination skin, beats all the others hands down. link - link

Bioderma Micelle Solution
I prefer to use the Sensibio instead of the Sebium as shown, but I've had to make my way through the bottle before I repurchase. I use so many times a day. In the morning I cleanse my skin with this if I'm in a hurry, and night I will do the same if I'm too lazy to wash my face. I grab this thought the day when I'm playing with makeup or feeling greasy. Overall, it's my lazy product sent from the heavens. link

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
Being one of my favorite blush formulations, its the color that I love. The dusty rose shade works amazing as a contour shade while still giving color to my face. It also lasts for at least 18 hours, since that is personally the longest I've had it on for. link

Mac Mineralize Skin Finish 
I would never think that I would love a powder as much as I do this one. I love this for keeping my oils at bay, while still giving a little extra coverage without looking the slightest bit powdery. link

Rimmel Airy Fairy Lipstick
This is my go to lipstick that works with literally any type of makeup. It's not too pink or peachy for my lips so it's very easy to throw on and not worry about it. I also really love the smell of Rimmels lipsticks. 

Yves Saint Laurent Sheer Candy #10 Tangy Tangerine 
This is what I wear with natural makeup, and need too put a little color into my face to liven me up. The Sheer Candy line is one of the most luxurious products that I've ever used, and right up my ally. Sheer, hydrating, but not looking made up at all, even though it's a bright orange. link 

Lancome Art Liner in Ice Black
One of my all time favorite products is the Art Liner, particularly in shade Ice Black. I love all of the liquid art liners, but I'm rarely seen wearing dark eyeliner. What I like to wear is a taupe brown eyeliner that doesn't look harsh but still defines the eyes. link


22.12.12

Lancome Eclat Miracle


I haven't bought too much lately, but I wanted to tell you about my new little addition. I wanted needed a product that was going to take away the dullness from my winterized skin. It acting up, looking dull and lifeless, and the only solution was either going to be jumping on a plane for a vacation or a new product that will work wonders. I would have preferred the vacation, but that's okay; heres where I introduce to you Lancome Eclat Miracle. 

I wasn't really looking for a skin care product, mostly because I didn't want to try anything new to be frank. Although skin care would have been a better investment, I do get a faster and better effect with Eclat Miracle. I wear this almost always under makeup, rather than a cheek highlight, and it looks undetectable as it blends into the skin beautifully. Putting the illuminator in specific areas on the face such as cheeks, forehead, chin and down the nose, my skin looks extremely luminous but not oily at all. I receive a lot of compliments on my skin the days that I apply this. 

I've seen this used on quite a few different skin tones, and it looks really nice on all of them. It catches the light in the most natural way, without being too shimmery or glittery. If you get a chance to try this, I'm sure you're going to love it as much as I do! 

20.12.12

Kiehls Creme de Corps Whipped Body Butter

Kiehls Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter, if you aren't already in love just by looking it, you will be if you use it. I've now turned into someone that moisturizes their skin everyday, and it is all because of this product. I'm still not a fan of the feeling of moisturizer on my skin, but the smell and after affect of using this really is luxurious  After using Creme de Corps I am left with soft smooth skin that will be hydrated for 24 hours, for about 4 hours, I am left with the light scent of the Soy Milk & Honey, which to me smells indescribable. It has a unique scent I can't pin point. As you might know, I work for Kiehl's so I hear many customers talking about how they describe the scent. The scent is different for everyone, some say coconut, or like you're at a beach. Some don't like the scent as it reminds them as butter. To me, the best way I can describe it as a slightly sweet honey scent. What ever it is, I really love it. 


The Finer Details

The ingredients in this product describe how well this products work. You're probably aware of Shea Butter as it is used in many products, and for a good reason as it will help improve skins texture especially in the winter months. Jojoba Oil helps to keep moister in the skin, which keeps skin supple and soft. Squalane is signature ingredient for Kiehls, that is found in human skin and very compatible to natural oils from your skin, the product becomes easily absorbed. Squalane is also in Ultra Facial Moisturizers as well as the Imperial Body Balm. Beta-Carotene is what gives the product its yellow hue, it is also found in orange and red vegetables such as carrots, luckily this is full of antioxidants.

18.12.12

My Makeup: Matte Eyes + Purple Liner

As you might know, I'm not a fan of liner, but I thought I'd change it up a little and do a nice thick purple winged liner. I chose to use purple gel liner by Pur Minerals in Plum Quartz, this product has become unloved in my collection, but then again so are all of my gel liners, that should probably change. Since we are talking about eyes, I used some matte shades in the Naked 2 Palette, Foxy and Tease, to accentuate  my eye shape and compliment the eyeliner. Foxy is a matte cream shade eyeshadow, and Tease is a beautiful matte purple taupe. The purple taupe in the crease really enhances the purple eyeliner. Black mascara is applied to make my tiny lashes stand out, for the best looking lashes, I used one of my favorite mascaras, Benefit They're Real. It really helps 

I've been switching up my foundation and have really been loving Covergirl Nature Luxe. I choose to wear it full coverage, but luckily it matches my skin tone and doesn't separate throughout the day. For a drug store foundation, this truly is the best on that I have found. Because I am wearing purple eyeshadow I really needed to use a corrector under my eyes, because the purple becomes enhanced, so I pulled out my trusty Bobbi Brown Corrector. To add a bit of color to my cheeks since my foundation coved any existence of color on my face, I used a very natural blush, Mac Well Dressed.

Last but not least, I added a layer of my favorite shade of Revlon Lip Butter in Creme Brule to finish the look. Creme Brule doesn't last all that long on the lips, but the color is a beautiful nude lip color, especially for pale skin. 

16.12.12

Review: Hourglass Visionaire Eyeshadow Duo in Gypsy

Hourglass is a brand that I've never tried before, but I've seen so many rave reviews of the products by some of my favorite bloggers such as Sandra who writes 15 Steps Blog. When I was in Sephora browsing around, I thought I'd take a closer look at the brand and see what they had to offer. I never noticed that they carried eyeshadows, which are my guilty pleasure, because they are situated on the bottom shelf. From first swatch I knew it was going to be love. 
These are incredibly pigmented and soft. The velvety soft pigment that is pressed with the Hourglass logo glides on the eyes like butter. Hourglass offers two different types of eyeshadow options, single eyeshadows and duos, after much consideration, I decided on the Visionaire Duo in Gypsy. Gypsy consists of two shades a light flesh toned champagne and a rusty toned dark brown. Both eyeshadows can be blended out easily to become sheer and create versatile makeup looks.
 Hourglass Eyeshadows are a very underrated product, that I really think should get more praise in the beauty world. They are a little off putting with the $40 price tag, but I personally don't mind that price for such an amazing product. I didn't realize until after I purchased the product that Temptalia has this exact duo in her list of Top 10 of 2011 Eyeshadow Edition. Next time you pass Hourglass, that is available in Sephora, check the bottom shelf and try out their eyeshadows, I'm sure you will be very impressed! 


14.12.12

Review: Lancome L'Absolu Creme de Mat Lip Color

I'd like to introduce to you, Lancome L'Absolu Creme de Mat Lip Color in #300 Magic Pouprpre, a matte liquid lipstick. This is my first experience with a liquid color, and I'm so glad I did! I've started expanding on my winter esque shades (more on that later) and this has become my most worn winter vampy shade, not that I have a whole lot. The shade is quite daring in comparison to the natural lip shades I normally wear, but I've liked to pull it out recently. I've only worn this about five times, and it really is worth the $30
Being matte, I was a mostly worried about it dying out my lips since that is a big concern with the cold weather. Luckily I am convinced I wont be seeing any dryness while I'm wearing this. I exfoliate before I apply the product, and even after a long day, dryness is no where to be seen. The creamy formulation is very moisturizing as well as long wearing. The color lasts all day because of the stain that is left behind. The color lasts roughly 6 hours, and then the sheer magenta stain is left on the lips until you decide to take a make up remover to it. 

If you're wanting a vampy shade for the winter, or just a new lipstick that's amazing quality and lasts forever, then next time you're near a Lancome counter, take a look, you will be as impressed as I am!

13.12.12

Unwinding

Stress comes in so many different ways for me. I get stressed very easily, mostly due to the fact that I am a worrier. I WISH I could change that about myself, but I can't. I'm always worried about money, the future, making other people happy, work and even the silliest things like if I might be one of those people that can't have kids! Thank you silly tv shows for putting ideas into my head, it's ridiculous! To stop myself from getting to worked up, I like to take a long bubble bath, and a nice pampering session to unwind and it tends to involve more steps and products as I get more stressed. I've been quite stressed with the Holidays just around the corner and knowing that I'm about to work every day up until Christmas, I'm really not looking forward to that. Anyways, let me tell you about my extensive routine.

As soon as I get out of the Tub, I pat my self dry, quickly spraying myself with Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, a dry oil that can be used on the body, hair and face. I only use this on my body, it absorbs quickly and leaves the skin hydrated with a slightly oily layer on the skin which I like. Since there is an oily layer on my skin, that means that my body butter will glide on extremely well and go so much further than if it were to be used alone. Right now I'm using the Kiehls Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter, which has the most amazing smell. Honestly, if you have the chance, go smell it!
After cleansing and toning my skin, I apply a face mask. I decided on Lush's Mask of Magnaminty since my skin has been acting up with some breakouts and I wanted a clarifying mask. My Lush mask was about to expire, so I layered as much on as possible. I love how this mask makes my skin feel. It always ends up looking better and I notice a difference of redness and breakout size when I wake up. I also love the scent of this product, as it's so minty! My boyfriend, Jeff, says I look like the Hulk wearing this, so if that is the case, I do apologize! ;)
While I let my face mask sink in, I turn on a tv show, light some candles and give myself a manicure. I've gone a little shorter with my nails than normal since I don't want to deal with any accidental breakage, and they've been taking a beating at work lately. I've really been liking the short square nails to be honest!

I apply a hand cream, The Body Shop Hand and Nail Cream to be exact, and heal my cuticles to Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. I then start on my nails. I've been loving my new Sephora 3-Step Ergo Buffer, as it's good quality and big, so I won't lose it! I also use other essential tools such as nail clippers and cuticle cutters. I'm soon to be in need of some new ones with all their use. After that, the painting begins. The base coat and top coat I've been loving are the Revlon Colorstay ones, as they do an excelent job keeping my nail polish intact for as long as possible. As for nail polish, I went with Essies Trophy Wife, a jewel toned blue green. I wanted to try out 2013's color of the year, Emerald, and it was the closest I had.

To finish everything off, I wash of my mask, apply serum and moisturizer and then exfoliate and moisturize my lips. I've been doing a daily night time routine of exfoliating my lips with Lushs Bubblegum Lip Exfoliator and applying my Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm for overnight hydration. I then crawl under the covers, and sleep until the alarm tells me to start a new day.


10.12.12

Brand Spotlight: Guerlain

 Whenever I buy cosmetic brands, I always seem to buy a dud at some point. While I don't own much of Guerlain, I can certainly say, that I have not been disappointed with any of my purchases. I'm the most impressed with the eyeshadow palette and the lipstick, and they are the stand out products from what I own. The eyeshadow palette I own is the Ecrin 4 Couleurs in 08 Les Perles and is extremely soft, pigmented and no fallout. At $60 this is a quite luxury purchase, and I'm happy to say that I would purchase another in a heart beat if my bank account allowed it. The other product that has been standing out is a red lipstick in Coque D'Or 120 from the Rouge Automatique line
The Guerlain blush that I own, that is unfortunately discontinued is also quite nice, while the colour isn't the best for my skin tone, I still love using it. The blush has a great colour pay off, and smells very high end. I love being able to apply the blush and getting the scent that it is a luxury product. The product that isn't very unique is the Precious Light Rejuvenation Illuminator which isn't very illumination in my opinion in comparison to the other pen like illuminators such as Yves Saint Laurent or By Terry.

I'll be on the look out for more Guerlain products when my bank account allows in, so I'll let you know of all of the other gems I find in the line, and if by chance there are any duds.

I have done a few post with some of these products if you are interested.

Ecrin 4 Couleurs in 08 Les Perles : (link)
Rouge Automatic in 120 Coque D'Or : (link)

7.12.12

Color Me Happy


There is something about green nails that I love. It doesn't make my skin tone look any better nor make me look tan - like that would ever happen with this pale body. What green does though, is make me happy whenever I look down at my nails and catch a glimpse of green with a little glitter. It's proven that different colors can change your mood. There are a few colors that just make me happy and I love that, I love wearing them and surrounding my self with them.

I know some people aren't fans of the look of glitter nail polish only on one nail, but I personally still love it. My boyfriend on the other hand thinks it's the most ridiculous thing, like I ran out of nail polish and switched to a different color, boys eh? ;)
 I paired together my all time favorite green, OPI Gargantuan Green Grape as well as a more blue-green glitter from Deborah Lippmann called Mermaid Dreams. I love the two together, and it won't be the last time these are put together. Both shades are fantastic on their own, especially Mermaid Dreams, but it's the most annoying polish to take off since it is a glitter, so I stick to moderation, one coat, and one nail.

If you are interested in either of these, they are equally amazing in their quality. Two coats you will get an opaque color of Gargantuan Green Grape, or a full nail of glitter with Mermaid Dreams. Deborah Lippmann ($20) is available at Holt Renfrew or the Bay, and OPI ($8) is available at London Drugs and most salons. 
Have you tried either of these nail polishes? What color makes you happy? Let me know!

5.12.12

The Glow Getters

As I believe everyone does, we go through phases of lusting after different types of products. It can change every month or every week possibly even longer, or shorter than that. I'm someone who probably changes what they lust after the most, every month. Last month it was nail polishes, but because the colder months have hit us, my skin is looking dull and lifeless, I've left it to dewy foundations and highlighters to bring my skin back to life. I'm in no need to experiment with foundations as you probably all know by now I haven't been switching from my Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Foundation, so that just leaves experimentation with highlighters.

I haven't put much highlighting product on my face in the past couple months, but I've recently been reaching for them more and more. Before I go out to Sephora, Holt Renfrew, Mac or The Bay to pick up one that has been on my list for quite some time (I'm talking about you Dior Amber Diamond and Mac Soft & Gentle as well as many others) I will start using up the ones in my collection that I already love.

So here's what I've accumulated over the years; some have gotten a lot of love, and others not so much.
Here's the run down...

Smashbox Soft Lights in Brighten
I love the color of this shade, but the powdery texture doesn't do it for me, as it looks too fake.

Stila Set & Illuminate Baked Powder Trio
When I want an all over face highlighting setting powder without it being to obvious, this is the product I pull out. I love this on full coverage foundations.

Bourjois Eyeshadow 08
Eyeshadows can work beautifully on the cheeks, and 08 from Bourjois is one of the best highlighting shades I own, so as I'm highlighting my eye, I do my cheek bones as well.

Smashbox Baked Fusion Soft Lights Palette
One of my first highlighters, and the one I use the most. This has never let me down, as it is the most natural highlight shade I own. The champagne highlighter with a slight pink hue works the best for my pale skin. Unfortunately this was a limited edition shade from three years ago.

Smashbox Soft Lights Powder in Shimmer
As you can see, I've hit pan on this shade, and that's because this was my very first highlighter, and I still adore it. Very natural, but slightly too golden for my skin tone.
Benefit Girl Meets Pearl
My only highlighter, but it is a great one. A sheer gold rose champagne shade that still looks natural.

Elizabeth Arden Rose Illuminator
Everything about this highlighter is amazing, the packaging, the quality, but its the rose gold powder that stands out the most. You can hide this on your cheeks as it doesn't look natural at all, but I love that about this product. Unfortunately this product was limited edition and no longer available.

Nars Albatross Highlighter
Since this is a very golden yellow highlighter, I only use it with one foundation, Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Siberia since the foundation is quite yellow as it is. The two together work perfectly together.

Covergirl Eyeshadow in Champagne
Champagne is the most intense highlighter that I own, while I like the shade for the very intese looks you can create, the quality does not look great on the cheeks. It can still work, so it's a good cheep highlighter, but be careful not to add too much. I tend to sway away from this shade, but still use it on my eyes.

Smashbox Artificial Light Luminizing Powder
This is a limited edition product, and I can understand why. Its a nice little product, but you never reach for it because its so small. It gets lost in the back of the drawer or underneath the larger sized products. I don't like the applicator as when you pull the sponge tip out, you get  the loose powder flying everywhere. The product inside is great, but the packaging makes it so I never use it.
What are your favorite highlighters? While I have some gems, I'm always looking for new ones. Let me know!

4.12.12

My Makeup: A Subtle Purple Hue

While deciding what I wanted to wear today, on my eyes of course, I felt like I didn't have enough eyeshadows. Then I realized that I have a drawer full of eyeshadow palettes that I never use. I don't know why I never reach for them, but it think it has something to do with wanting a specific color, and never remembering that one of my palettes most likely has it. I have this weakness for palettes, the good deal, the limited edition colours and I buy them more than anything. I really don't know why, because when they are in my makeup drawers, I never use them.

I did a look today, with a very neglected palette. It's not that it's done wrong by me, but I just always forget about it. The palette I'm talking about is Stila 'In The Moment' Eyeshadow Palette ($40) which is full of beautiful soft and pigmented eyeshadows that can create not only a beautiful natural eye, but also any intensity of a purple. I opted for a neutral eyes with a slight hint of purple in the outer corner. 

I started out with an all over shimmery white eyeshadow, Instinct, and sweeped it from the inner corner to under my brow bone. To add warmth, I chose Spontaneous a gold eyeshadow and placed it on the center of my lid. To add purple into my eye look, I took Captivate a dark taupe-purple with a fluffy brush and blended it into my outer corner. Lastly to add even more definition I used the eyeliner that comes in the palette, Tetra a dark purple with shimmer, and created a smudgy winged eye only in the outer corner. I finished off Prestige My Blackest Lashes Mascara.

I was also wearing...


Face:
Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Foundation
Mac Mineralize Skin Finish Natural
Stila Custom Color Blush in Pink (not pictured)

Lips:
Annabelle Lip Liner in Demure
Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfecter in 02

Do you like wearing purple eyeshadow? Are you a fan of subtle coloured eyes, or intense? Let me know!

3.12.12

Non-Beauty Holiday Wish List / Gift Guide

Even though my blog is only about beauty products, I do have a bit of a different side. I rarely actually get beauty products for christmas, so I thought I'd tell you about the other products I've been wanting, and maybe these can help you find some ideas for the loved ones in your life!

UGG Dakota Shearling Moccasins
I'm not a fan of the classic UGG boots, I won't say I didn't go through a phase of wanting them though. I've been wanting a pair of moccasins for quite some time now, and I think these UGG ones are so cute. The idea of being able to quickly slide my feet into something warm and fuzzy while running out the door during these winter months satisfies the lazy side of me!

Cirque Du Soleil Tickets
Cirque Du Soleil is in Vancouver right now, and its quite sad that I can't afford the tickets right now. It also doesn't help that I ride pass it on the skytrain to work, and I've been dreaming of seeing it ever since I was a kid.

Sausage Dog Ring Holder
This doesn't even need explination because it is just so cute! If you didn't already know, we have our own Dachshund (Sausage/Wiener Dog) so it's perfect! I also will need to buy more rings to fill it.

We Wood Watch
I saw this watch in Holt Renfrew the other day, and I love that fact that it is made out of wood. It's unique and would be unlike anything I own right now.

Kurt Adler Snowflake Orniment
I also saw this at Holt Renfrew - I had a lot of spair time, okay - and I fell in love with it. Jeff and I have a tradition to buy each other ornaments each year, and I'd like this one to be hanging on our tree next year!

Diptyque Candle 
I hear all of my favorite bloggers in the UK talk about these, and finally got to take a sniff the other day at Holt Renfrew. I didn't even know they were sold there! I loved the smell of these, and they lived up to my expectation completely. The jar it comes in is to die for!

I've also had a few blogging items I've been wanting as well!

Canon T4i Body
I already have the XSi but it isn't doing it anymore. Mostly because it doesn't have a flip out view finder, which would make blogging so much easier and faster. 

MacBook Pro 13-inch
I probably doesn't need this, but sometimes I want to blog on the couch instead of at a desk, and my iPad doesn't really blog well. 

2.12.12

Review: Benefit Eyeshadow in Where There's Smoke

I've had Benefit Velvet Eyeshadow in Where There's Smoke for awhile now and I wear it whenever I want a light smokey eye, but don't want to wear more than one eyeshadow. I find this is such an easy shade to wear and it doesn't look too bold on the eye. This may look like an ordinary eyeshadow at first glance, but there is something unique about it. 

Where There's Smoke is a grey eyeshadow, but the best part is that it has multicolour shimmer in it to bring it to a whole different level to separate it from all of the other greys available. Since it is easy to blend, you don't need much, while still looking like it took you hours to blend it out. The satin finish goes away when you start to blend it out, and turn into a matte shade on the eye. I love this feature because then you can have different options; I mostly wear it 'matte' in the crease and then add on another layer to the lid to make the satin finish appear again. The light grey shade is neutral enough were you can get away with anything else on the face, weather it be bold or subtle. 


Benefit's packaging for their eye shadows has to be one of my favourites. I love the thick see through flip up top that it has. The detail on top of the packaging that shows a white silhouette of birds that connects to the surrounding border is the cutest, and lovely to look at. The packing overall has clean lines and most importantly, is sturdy. I feel like I could drop this and wouldn't be scared that it would break. 
 I have been meaning for ages to go and purchase more of these eyeshadows, the quality and packaging makes me want every shade available. 

Product: Benefit Velvet Touch Eyeshadow in Where There's Smoke
Availability: Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale, Sephora
Price: $22