29.4.13

The Weekly Dose #5

Standout Product: I have been loving Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation. The weather has been getting really warm out recently (well except today, we got three inches of snow) and the light coverage as well as the shade being perfect for my skin tone has left me reaching for nothing else this week. 

Disappointing Product: For quite some time I have been trying, trying to use hand creams on a regular basis, and while I have been doing pretty well at being consistent with the use of them, I have found one I haven't been the biggest fan of. The EOS Hand Cream hasn't been doing much for my hand, while I love the EOS Lip Balm the hand cream has disappointed me. Even though it doesn't really moisturize the skin, it does leave a nice scent to the skin.

Best Read: I have been reading A Beautiful Mess for quite a few months (although I'm not sure I didn't find it sooner) and they recently posted a round up of Summer Get-Together Food and Drink Ideas, I particularly loved the recipe for the Frozen Hot Chocolates

Latest Buys: Essie Lilacism and Essie Sand Tropez, because I can't seem to go anywhere without buying a nail polish. I also picked up Stila Convertible Color in Gerbera.

Wish List Addition: While I was browsing Sephora I came across the Nars and God Created The Woman palette, just when I thought there was no more hope for it, it reveals itself. I might need to make a naughty Sephora order.

26.4.13

Glossy Dots

A few weeks ago I did a spotted nail polish look that I fell in love with, I decided to do something similar again. I saw an image on Pinterest of a matte polish and then using a normal gloss topcoat with a dotting tool to create dots. I did the same thing except instead of doing polka dots, I did them in a gradient.

Using Essie Liquorice I applied two coats to the nail. To make the black matte I applied a coat of Gosh Matte Top Coat. Using a dotting tool, I took some of my Seche Vite Top Coat and applied the majority of dots at the tip of the nail while gradually adding less of them to the base of the nail. 

I love the look of this, going to experiment with other colours!

What do you think of this nail art? Would you choose black, or another colour? Let me know! xx

23.4.13

Stila Cosmetics

Of all the brands I own, Stila Cosmetics reigns supreme. I love them. The cute packaging, innovative products and amazing quality get me every time. They also don't test on animals which I love! After some time I realized that I have collected quite the collection.  I also have a wish list of all the products I still want, mostly consisting of more shades of the Convertible Colors. I should probably stop.

I thought it would be fun to show what I currently own, as I'm hoping you guys are as nosy as I like to be. Here is what I have in my collection so far...

Face

Base Products

Perfect and Correct Foundation in fair - my all time favourite formulation, it's just a little dark.

One Step Correct Primer - a colour correcting primer with a serum texture

One Step Bronze - a liquid bronzer, I use this on my legs to give them an instant tan and shimmer

Perfecting Concealer in shade 'a' - a high coverage long lasting liquid concealer, also too dark

Blushes

Convertible Color in Gerbera - a peachy pink cream blush that can be used on cheeks or lips
Convertible Color in Poppy - a true red cream blush that can be used on the cheeks or lips

Custom Color in Self Adjusting Pink - a bright pigmented pink, one of my favourite blushes
Custom Color in Self Adjusting Coral - a pigmented coral with slight gold shimmer

Eyes

Single Eyeshadow in Golightly - a deep gold
Single Eyeshadow in Twilight - a silver
Single Eyeshadow in Cloud - a purple blue champagne, one of my favorites
Single Eyeshadow in Eden - a matte light peachy brown
Single Eyeshadow in Kitten - a very shimmery champagne
Single Eyeshadow in Wisteria - a medium purple with silver reflects
Single Eyeshadow in Azure - a navy
Single Eyeshadow in Pigalle - a mid tone cranberry

Single Jewel Eyeshadow in Citrine - a very glittery bronze with gold reflects
Single Jewel Eyeshadow in Black Diamond - a very glitter black with silver reflects
Single Jewel Eyeshadow in Opal - a sheer white with a lot of white reflects

Baked Eyeshadow Trio in Champagne Glow - Shimmery shades of champagne, cranberry and taupe

Silk Eyeshadow Wash in Kitten - a liquid champagne eyeshadow

Smudge Crayon in Rose - a waterproof pink cream shadow/liner

In The Light Palette - 10 natural nude eyeshadow shades ranging from light to dark
In The Moment Palette - 10 purple eyeshadow shades ranging from light to dark

Forever Your Curl Mascara - a thin brush that holds your curl all day and night

Lips

Long Wear Lip Liner in Obsessed - a bright pink

Long Wear Lip Color in Paramour - a berry red
Long Wear Lip Color in Exhilarating - a very bright matte pink, I use this with the Obsessed lip liner
Long Wear Lip Color in Flushed - a medium berry pink
Long Wear Lip Color in Exquisite - a rusty browned red
Long Wear Lip Color in Darling - a light champagne wash

Long Wear Liquid Lip Color in Fiery - a true red
Long Wear Liquid Lip Color in Coral - a light coral

Lip Glaze in Bubble Gum - a light berry pink

If you have any questions about any of the products I own, let me know and I'll make sure to feature them in an upcoming post!

21.4.13

The Weekly Dose #4

Standout Products: With sun and snow alternating throughout the week, I've been embracing the sun and brushing off the snow - literally. When summer comes around I become more persistent in using sunscreen. I have been loving the Kiehls Super Fluid SPF 50 Sunscreen, it feels extremely lightweight on the skin but not greasy as well.

To fake the sun kissed look [read: that I can't achieve on my own] I look towards Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel. I've been using this before I buff in my foundation, as using it afterwards goes a little to orange on my skin.

Disappointing Products: This week it wasn't actually a product I bought. I'm speaking of the Revlon Baby Sticks. They are a cream product that is supposed to be used on the cheeks or lip. I had heard about them, but not actually looked at any swatches previously. There was a tester of the red shade, Sunset, available. I took a little swatch and I honestly couldn't see pigment, it was just a waxy sheen. I had high hopes for these as I love the Revlon cream blushes that were previously released. I have now looked up swatches and while the pink shade, Pink Passion, looks very nice, I'm not overly sure if I'll pick it up at a later date after being so turned off by them in the first place.

Best Read: The lovely Chelsea who writes The Dauphine wrote a post doing a FOTD of products she has been reloving. Not only was every product she talked about amazing - she has great taste, but I've rekindled my love for the YSL Touche Eclat Foundation that I've been without for a few months. I'll need to repurchase that ASAP.  

Latest Buy: It's very odd, but I haven't actually bought any makeup items this week. I did however buy some accessories. I bought a pair of beautiful sunglasses that I fell in love with. It goes along with colour blocking with the nude, which matches my skin tone, and the red. They are from the brand Mac & Jac and resemble Wayfares, but much cheaper. I can't bring myself to buy sunglasses as I lose or break them so easily. I also picked up a new necklace from a store called SmartSet. I'm so in love with it. 

Wish List Addition: Four words. Jouer Matte Moisture Tint. This has been talked about so much lately, and with summer coming, I always tend to go for more light weight base products. I get very shiny, so having a product that doesn't start with a sheen would be much appreciated.

18.4.13

Clinique High Impact Extreme

Clinique is quite excellent at making good mascaras, such as their High Impact Extreme as well as their Bottom Lash Mascara. Recently Clinique came out with their newest mascara, Clinique High Impact Extreme. I can't say I was expecting to love this, since I tend not to like voluminous mascaras as they make my lashes quite clumpy. I have a few mascaras on rotation, and this is one of them. It leaves my lashes looking long and defined, but only with one coat. I find with this mascara, if you use more than one coat, you get the clumpy balls at the end of your lashes, you all know what I'm talking about.Some love the clumpy look, I however love defined and natural looking lashes. High Impact Extreme does all that while adding an extra little 'oomph' in the length and volume department. 

The wand does look a little similar to another one of my favourites, Benefit's They're Real Mascara. It has the same spiked end to it and gives a similar effect to the lashes, but it is $10 cheeper. Cliniques is $19 and Benefit $29. That's a pretty decent savings.

The formulation doesn't flake, smudge or wear off in any way after a long day. The mascara it self lasts quite a long time, I've had mine for just over 3 months and there has been no change from since I first opened it. I do realize that mascaras are supposed to be thrown out after three months, but I'll be honest, I push mine an extra couple months unless I notice a reason to throw it out. 

 Do you throw out your mascara after 3 months?

16.4.13

Purple Craze


Maybe its the flowers bloomin' but the shades of purple have really caught my eye lately. Everything I can get away with in a purple hue I do! I've still been wearing sea foam on my nails, but I keep hesitating to go for the more feminine hue of purple. Lips, eyes and nails are on the menu today, and if I could find a suitable cheek colour, I'd be on that as well. 
Clockwise from the Top: MAC Shop & Drop, Stila In The Moment, Clinique Chubby Stick Eye Tint in Lavish Lilac

Shades of purple on the eyes are my favourite. My hazel eyes get so bright when I wear the shade. I've been loving a few different products. You probably know that I love the Clinique Chubby Stick Eye Tint, and the shade Lavish Lilac is one of my all time favourite eye shadow colours. The more earthy toned purple doesn't make an eye look too vibrant but still very subtle for an every day wear.

A while ago, MAC came out with there Shop MAC, Cook MAC collection and in it was the Shop & Drop Eyeshadow Palette that I picked up. All of the shades are lovely, but especially the shade Hypnotizing (top right shade) which is actually the same shade as Lavish Lilac from Clinique, just in powder form. 

I also reach for the Stila In The Moment Palette quite often. Inside there are 10 purple toned shades ranging from very light, to almost black. All of the Stila palettes have the same amazing quality of other Stila eyeshadows, smooth and pigmented. 
Left to Right: Laura Mercier Lip Stain in Sugar Violet, Clinique Chubby Stick in Graped Up, Lise Watier Gloss in Rose Aquarella

Purple lips always scared me. That was until I tried a purple lipgloss from Lise Watier a few years ago. The shade made it so that I looked for the perfect wearable shades of purple in every line that I browsed. I am still afraid of very purple lip sticks, but a little hint does me well. I haven't found too many that I actually loved.

For a light tint of a purple nude Clinique Chubby Stick in Graped up is perfect. I love how these feel on the lips, but give a nice healthy colour to the lips. The shade is a little dark on me, so I usually go easy on the eye makeup. 

When I need the lip colour to stay, it's usually the Laura Mercier Lip Stain I reach to. It's a vampy shade that I've really been loving recently. The formulation does stay on the lips for quite some time and even the reflects in it stick around for longer than expected. 
Clockwise from the Top: Dior Purple Mix, Essie Go Ginza, Essie Play Date

 For nails I have countless purple nail polishes, but these are the ones I've been loving. The deepest shade is the Dior Purple Mix, which is a beautiful purple grey. Somehow even though it seems like it is a shade only for winter, I actually really love it for summer. Can we just talk about the brushes on these bad boys?! I think they might be the overall winner in my books.

My newest shade, and possible my favourite is Essie Go Ginza, an almost white lilac. The shade is so airy and clean for summer. I beg of you Essie, please put this in your permanent collection, because I feel like I'm going to run out so soon!

In the middle of the two other shades in Essie Play Date, which had been out for awhile but I didn't draw me in. That is until I saw a lady wearing it. It looks so much better on in my opinion, I wish I had given it the time of day earlier. Its a perfect mid-toned pastel.
What I'm Wearing: MAC Hypnotizing Eyeshadow, Lise Watier Rose Aquarella Lip Gloss.

14.4.13

The Weekly Dose #3

Standout Products: It always seems to be one of my new purchases that makes it into this section, and this time is no exception. I had been waiting for the Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes in Lots O' Latte to come in so I could get my hands on it. If you had seen my previous post about the Shadow Tints, you'd know that I'm completely in love with the purple and green shade I have, but some days I just want a simple neutral eye makeup that is fuss free. This my friends, is it.

I have also been having a love affair with Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer. My skin has been acting up, and I always turn to this long time love to cover anything and everything up without being  cakey.

Disappointing Products: I am a really big Essie polish lover, whenever a new collection comes out I jump at it and feel as if I need all of the shades. Being as I did buy all the shades from their previous collection, I was a little disappointed by the new Resorts Collection. The shades 'Come Here!' and 'Under Where?' look so similar two shades 'Bond With Whomever' and 'Hip-Anema' from the Spring Collection. It's so unlike me to pass on them, but they wouldn't even be worth it. 

Best Read: There has been so many good reads, but I really loved ECT LLYMLRS post about the new Butter London Summer Holiday 2013 Collection. I really love Lily's photography, as photography in general is what really attracts me to posts in the first place. How pretty is the Bit Faker? I wouldn't even want to think of the process of taking it off.

Latest Buys: Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara, Hydraluron, Gosh BB Cream in 01 Sand, Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes in Lots O' Latte, Essie Nail Polishes in First Timer and In The Cab-ana from the 2013 Resort Collection.

Wish List Addition: The weather here has been teasing us. It will snow one day, sunny the next, a lot of the time there will be a snow storm when I leave for work, and when I'm off the sun is shining. I know that this sounds like a late April Fools joke, but I'm being serious. Anyways, I keep wanting to to feel like summer, so I've been wishing for some more summer inspired fragrances. Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gioia is on the list. I've loved it for years, but never actually bought it.

13.4.13

Biotherm High Efficiency Cleansing Oil

I never really got the hype about oil cleansers, MAC Cleanse Off Oil and the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil come to mind of ones that have been talked about quite often. I think it was because I always thought I couldn't use an oil on my skin since I already struggle with being oily. Well, that was long before I actually informed myself of the benefits of oil. Now I've been slathering myself in them...

I've been loving oil products lately, there has been the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Oil, L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil, and Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse that have been on my radar and I use frequently. About a month and a half ago I started using the Biotherm High Efficiency Cleansing Oil ($36) as I had learnt that it was quite similar to the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil - which is $98, and while I have not tried it I am extremely impressed with the Biotherm Oil.

It's meant to be applied to a dry face (which for some reason really intrigues me), and then massaging the oil onto the face and eyes, following by rinsing it off. I was worried that I would make a really big mess and that it would be hard to get the oil off, but the oil actually turns into a milky substance after water is mixed into it. I was left with the cleanest feeling skin and no weird leftover residue. I was also happy to see that all of my eye makeup was removed and didn't need to use a secondary product to take it off. 

I have a hard time using a different cleanser after loving this one so much.

Have you ever tried a cleansing oil? What do you think of them?

11.4.13

Beyond The Blue

 Pinkie to Thumb: Essence You Belong To Me, China Glaze For Audrey, Essie Mint Candy Apple, Essie Turquoise and Caicos, Deborah Lippmann Mermaid Dreams

Left to Right: Essence You Belong To Me, China Glaze For Audbry, Essie Mint Candy Apple, Essie Turquoise and Caicos, Deborah Lippmann Mermaid Dreams
For 16 years I lived by the ocean, I didn't think much about it, but after I've been away from it for almost five years now, I really do miss it. It's probably the reason I love the sea foam green shades. I didn't live somewhere that had those shades in the water, but they always remind me of it. While I do love the deeper blues of the ocean I grew up by, I like to go beyond the blue, and grab sea foam shades in the summer. They tend to remind me of summer more. Here are the ones I've whittled my collection down to...

Going For Cheep: For a toonie [read: $2.00 for you non-Canadians], a polish, these will not hurt the bank, actually I probably have that in my car somewhere. Essence You Belong To Me ($1.99) is in the middle for shade range, and is almost identical to China Glaze For Audrey, but much, much cheaper. The price does not at all reflect the quality as it is just as comparable as ones five times its value.

Iconic Shade: China Glaze For Audrey ($7.99) has been talked about for so many years. When i think about the perfect in-between of blue and green, For Audrey is the one my mind flashes to.

The Hyped Up: I'm sure you know which one I am talking about, Essie Mint Candy Apple (10.99). This one is spoken about so many times, where if I had a penny for every time I've heard it's praises, I probably could have bought myself a bottle. The most pale of the sea foams, and its almost not one. It's too blue in my opinion, but I love it so much my list wouldn't be complete without it.

If Sea Foam's Not Your Thing: Some don't like the look of this shade on their nails, but I think that Essie Turquoise & Caicos ($10.99) which is more green than the other shades might be up there ally. 

If You Want To Splurge / If You Want Glitter: One of my favourite polishes, and least favourite to take off it, Deborah Lippmann Mermaid Dreams ($20.00). The opaque glitter leave you having to answer the multiple questions of 'What's On Your Nails?!' many times throughout the day. 

9.4.13

My Makeup: Opal Eyes

I'm very much a soft shimmer person, when it comes to every aspect of makeup. I however am not a glitter person, but sometimes you just need a little glitter in your life. The eyes are probably the least likely place I'd put glitter, it is much easier for me to experiment with a glittery cheek or lip, but today was different. I've had this Stila Jewel Eyeshadow for awhile, and I bought it because I thought it would be fun for the inner corner on a night out, but I decided to slap this baby all over the lid. The verdict? I love it.

After a simple base of priming me eye, I applied Foxy from the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette all over the lid and to the eyebrow to even out any redness and create an even color. With a soft blending brush like a MAC 217 I lightly applied Tease from the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette into the crease to create soft definition. Now for the main product, Stila Jewel Eyeshadow in Opal. I like to apply this with a dense brush and tapping it onto the lid. It can also be applied wet to create intense pigmentation and glitter. A quick sweep of my go to mascara, Clinique High Impact Extreme finishes everything off.

This is defiantly an eye-catching look, would you wear it?
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Siberia // Anastasia Clear Brow Gel // Dior Addict Lipstick in 260 Rose Deshabille // Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette // Stila Jewel Eyeshadow in Opal // Clinique High Impact Extreme Mascara

8.4.13

The Weekly Dose #2

Standout Products: Essie Hip-Anema from the Spring 2013 collection I posted about a couple weeks ago. I have fallen in love with the bright red orange lacquer, it so eye-catching and classic. It's been on my fingers every day this week. A repaint rarely happens but this was needed.

Disappointing Product: I had to think long and hard about this one, but frankly, I don't think there is one. I'm not complaining though, I like not having to be disappointed!

Best Read: This week is not a post, but a whole blog. Stephanie who writes at cocochic has stolen my heart with her breathtaking photography, style and taste! I highly recommend her. Oh, and how creative was here Butter London Tea and Toast post? Love.

Latest Buys: I went a little crazy this week, but thats what happens when it's the week of your payday. Into the shopping basket went Benefit Fine One One, Shiseido White Lucent Eye Cream, Kate Spade Twirl Parfume, Stila In The Light Palette, Stila Cloud Eyeshadow... yeah, I probably shouldn't have admitted to all of that.

Wish List Addition: I kind of bought everything that I saw and wanted this week - within reason of course. Ever have one of those weeks? I have been wanting a Clarisonic for quite some time, and after having a bad skin week I've been wanting one more than ever. I've also had some serious new furniture envy - please new bedroom set be in my very near future!

6.4.13

Benefit Fine One One

Fine One One, is one of the best products to get a natural flush and a healthy glow. It is supposed to be used as a highlighter, blush and bronzer, which I personally don't find it as anything more than a blush. On other people, I could see the highlighter showing up on their skin, but for me it doesn't. The bronze shade is orange, who would ever use orange as a bronzer? I don't get the reasoning for saying it's a 3-in-One product as they're marketing it, but that's just it, it's marketing. Thankfully, the orange, pink and shimmering pale pink create a beautiful glowing coral on the skin. 

I do find that if you don't set it with powder, it moves and wears out rather quickly, so I choose to set it with a translucent powders in the morning to make it last throughout the day. The shade is so natural and pretty, that I sometimes wonder by the end of the day if it is the blush, or an actual flush on my skin. Then I realize that it has to be the blush, or else it would have an unflattering placement!

The shades can also be used for the lips, which might interest you, but the texture is slightly too gritty to feel comfortable on the lips. Oddly enough, there is not sign of a gritty feeling on the cheeks, just buttery. Life's mysteries.

4.4.13

Base Perfection

Having a go-to base routine has always been a struggle for me. Whether my foundation doesn't stay on, or it isn't the right colour, I've always had problems. I not only have problems with foundation, but concealer, and tools to apply everything. I think I have finally found my perfect face base. It may have taken me multiple years, but hopefully it keeps not disappointing. Unfortunately, I know I won't stop attempting to find something better, - the life of a beauty addict, eh? I will most likely find something  that is better down the road, whether it be in a few days, or a few years but here's what I've been loving as of late.

I can't say I apply a primer every time I wear makeup, but right now I am loving a primer that adds radiance to my skin, but also helps keep my makeup looking fresh. I have been loving the Guerlain Meteorites Light Reflecting Primer. Now whether or not the $78 price tag is justifiable I have not decided, but I am loving the results. It gives the best 'light from within' effect, and is just overall lovely. Atop of the primer is my Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation. I am really into the light to moderate coverage foundations that leave the skin looking glowy, but not oily. For my combination and dehydrated skin, this helps minimize shine (even without it being set with a powder) but also keeps my skin hydrated enough to keep any unsightly flakes away.

Since the foundation is more on the light coverage side of the scale, I tend to have a few spots showing through or extra redness. For this I reach for Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer. This will hands down cover anything. Being as it is a waterproof concealer, I haven't noticed it move at all throughout the day. No one needs that. 

Lastly, to be fixed is my under eye circles. They aren't horribly dark, but they are something that personally bothers me, so I use the best one I have found yet, Bobbi Brown Corrector. This is probably the only product that I'm not completely happy with. Everything about it is great, but the formula does tend to crease slightly if it's not set with a powder. I'm hoping one day I'll find something better, but I'll quite content using this for now. 

What are your best face products?
Guerlain Meteorites Light Reflecting Primer // Real Techniques Buffing Brush // Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum #51 // Make Up Forever Full Coverage Concealer Pink Porcelain 1 // Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Bisque // Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush

1.4.13

The Weekly Dose #1


You might have noticed that there is no Monthly Favorites going up, and frankly, I'm kind of sick of writing them. I love reading them, but I also know that 100's of them go up around this time. I also find that I miss out on some products at the beginning or middle of the months that I just end up forgetting about. I've been itching at the idea of doing a weekly post, not only of my favourite products that week, but favourite reads, what I've recently bought, what I have been wanting and the products I also have not been liking.

Standout Product: Nars Sheer Glow has been the only foundation I've been reaching for. Being sick this week has either made me even more pale than I already am, or has taken all the redness out of my skin; either way the shade Siberia is the only shade that has been matching my skin. Luckily, it's formula hasn't been sticking to the dry and red areas on my face that are mainly near my nose.

Disappointing Product: You may have remembered from this post that I was having some trouble with the new Elizabeth Arden New York in Bloom Eyeshadow Trio in Violet. Well, I still haven't found a way for the pigmentation to work, I'll keep at it, but I'm not having high hopes.

Best Read: One of my favourite blogs, Vanity Rouge who's written by Angie, created the cutest post about a cheaper find for the speckled nail polish trend. I've been wanting to try some of the Illamasqua specked nail polishes, but these are much cheaper option. They are unfortunately unavailable in my area, but if you can get your hands on them, I would!

Latest Buy: After many days of terrible red eyes, I figured I finally had a reason to pick up one of the highly talked about Rimmel Scandal Eyes Nude Eyeliner. While I was in the Rimmel section, I couldn't resist the Rimmel Kate Lasting Finish in #101.

Wishlist Addition: Other than the Illamasqua speckled polishes, I've also been wanting to get my hands on the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint. At first I wasn't sure if there shade selection would match me, but luckily Estee reviewed this and since she and I have matching skin tones, I know Porcelain will match me.

What do you guys think of this new series?