Weekly Dose #14

Standout Product: If you didn't already know my love affair with this Clinique High Impact Extreme Mascara, you should be aware how much I love this. I won't go too much into it as I have blog post up already about it here. There was a period of about a month where this was lost somewhere in the bottom of my mascara drawer and forgotten about it. Since having it back in my life, I have been using it non-stop and reclaiming my love for it once again.

Disappointing Product: Every time I reach for my Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Emerveille and rediscover that it is practically dried out and can barely be used, I always seem to forget to mention it in this section. I haven't had this for too long - a year maybe? - but it should not be in this state for the amount of money I payed for it. 

Best Read: If you aren't already reading The Dauphine written by the lovely Chelsea, I would recommend you check it out right now. A particular post that stood out to me this week is OPI Samoan Sand by her, which literally made me run to my bathroom, remove the nail polish I had applied just hours earlier, and apply a few coats of it. I wasn't the biggest fan when I first purchased the polish, but something has changed, and I love it.

Recent Purchases: St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse & Mitt (I'm sure you wouldn't have wanted to see my used mitt though), Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner in Intense Black.

Wish List Addition: I'll be leaving on a vacation at the end of July, and while my purchases are getting smaller, my wish list is getting bigger. Featured on that list will be Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning, MAC Face & Body in either N1 or C1 and White, Dior Nude BB Cream and some new summer dresses.


Summer Sheers

Every once in a while, I will go on a lipstick kick. I'll either be all over opaque lipsticks or, as of late, wear nothing except for a sheer lipstick. Being summer, I'm not surprised that I've been wearing the sheerer shades I own, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. Right? For some of you who can't resist a new lip shade, I thought I might help, and show a round up of my favourite summer sheers.

Within all of the shades, there are different tones and formulations. I have quite the selection of reds. The sheerest of the sheers would be Burts Bees Lip Balm in Rose that leans toward a deeper red, where as Clinique Chubby Stick in Chunky Cheery is a bright red. A bolder red than the other two, would also be the newest as it just hit shelves, Revlon Super Lusturious Shine in Rich Girl Red

My sheer pink lipsticks are some of my most worn as I wear them throughout the year. Dior Lip Glow  is an all time favourite lipstick and changes anywhere from a light pink to a fuchsia depending on what your 'perfect pink' is (how warm your lips are at the time of application). Lip Glow on me goes quite pink, but its one that i'd recommend trying on if you don't want the chance of it going too bright. Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Evasion would be classified as a 'my lips but better,' and it does it oh so well. This is the shade that will go with any blush and eye combination and not look out of place. 

Orange lips have been a bit of a love of mine since I first got over my fear of them last summer. I first picked up Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Sheer Chandy in Tangy Mandarine, which is actually more of a red-orange. Not only did this lipstick make me fall hard for orange toned lipsticks, but also back in love with YSL lipsticks after not having the greatest luck with them. I have fallen head over heels for Nars Lipstick in Barberella. Barberella was my next venture into orange tones, and while I still haven't gone fully orange, it's peachy orange is keeping me grounded for a bit [read: until I see another I like more]. 


Weekly Dose #13

Standout Product: I haven't been skipping any days of filling in my brows lately. I think half the reason is because I have been loving how my brows look filled in, and the other half is that I have been using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Ebony. There are two shades, but I only use the light one as I really should buy a lighter shade as my hair is lighter than it used to be. The powder is great by itself, but when I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills #7 Brow Brush, it's heavenly. The brush is not to soft, and not to stiff allowing perfect application, and then brushing everything through with the spoolie on the other side completes it all.

Disappointing Product: Whilst looking for a nail polish to brighten my nails, I spotted a shade I haven't worn since last summer, Essie Action from the Summer 2012 Poppy-Razzy Collection, but it had completely separated throughout the winter. Not only has the formulation separated, but it has hardened at the bottom, so much so that the metal balls that are supposed to shake up the nail polish, won't move. I'm quite disappointed that I have to throw away a nail polish that I haven't even owned for a year, and also spent over $10 on. 

Best Read: This week is not so much something I read, but something I watched. Recently Amelia who writes Liana Beauty created a YouTube Channel that I have been loving so much. Her latest video is a peak inside of her Makeup Bag, that has a fantastic mix of high & low products. She talks about a lot of products I do own, but also ones that I have been lusting after for quite some time. I would definitely recommend checking out her channel!

Recent Purchases: Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Lipstick in 830 Rich Girl Red & 825 Lovers Coral, Gosh Darling, Clinique CC Cream in Very Light.

Wish List Addition: Laura Mercier Brighteneing Powder that Amelia spoke about in her Make Up Bag video. It sounds fantastic for setting the under eyes, as I always seem to get the under eye crease.


Gosh Additions

I have recently added a few new items to my makeup bag from the Denmark brand Gosh and I have really been enjoying them. Normally, these types of products wouldn't do anything for me, but clearly something is changing, and I'm starting to like them. 

Lets just start out with getting something off my chest. I don't like my skin, and I especially don't like my skin tone. I almost always tend to gravitate towards foundations that have moderate to full coverage, and usually have a concealer within reach. Since I have been trying my best to stick to a good skin care regimen (nights where I can't be bothered to wash my makeup off still exist) I've been wanting to show off my skin a little more, even if it still doesn't look how I'd like.

A base that has caught my attention recently is the Gosh BB Cream, along with a few other BB/CC creams I've been testing, this is my favourite light coverage BB cream so far. It is a lot more sheer than most of the other BB creams on the market. It evens out the skin tone, but not completely. My red cheeks still shine through a little, and if I have a spot, it can't be hidden. Some might ask what the point of it is, and I'd have to answer by saying that my skin looks much better than before, but no one would guess I was ever wearing a makeup product. For me it's all about tricking other peoples eyes, and this is the product to do it. Another thing that REALLY made me love this is that the shade 01 Sand, is actually pale enough for me. This hasn't happened for a long, long time ladies and gentlemen.

The other addition is a new lipstick. Whenever I browse through Gosh, there is one lipstick that is almost always out of stock. It's called Darling. It is a very pale pinky-brown, that everyone seems to buy when they want the nude, blanked out lips. While that's not a look I go for, the shade on my skin creates a flattering nude lip, while ones made for 'normal skin tones' are too dark and brown for me. The shade and formulation are quite nice, and have had me reaching for it anytime I want to pull off that classic smokey eye and nude lip look. 


Bourjois So Laque Glossy Nail Polishes

Bourjois recently came out with their new nail polish line So Laque Glossy Nail Enamel. Although I believe the UK has all eight shades - you lucky ducks - I've only seen four shades in Canada. I picked up two of the new shades, a cornflower blue, Adora-bleu, and a soft green mint, Amande Defile. Both shades are some of the most beautiful nail polishes I have ever seen before, hence why I had to own them.

In terms of quality, they aren't my favourite consistency. In 2 coats they become opaque, but they apply a little too thick and it makes it harder to get a smooth finish at times. I haven't tested the claims on the bottle that they last up to 10 days, but I probably never will either. I don't keep nail polish on long enough, and usually get bored with the shade around the five day mark. The nail polish did last 5 days with just a little wear on the tips, and even if I did only test it for half of its claim, I'm quite impressed.

Overall I love these nail polishes. The shades are amazing, and the quality doesn't bother me. I'll be snatching up the other shades that came to Canada eventually, and hope that the other 4 that aren't available yet, will come across the pond. 


Weekly Dose #12

Standout Product: Last week I purchased a few new Bourjois Nail Polishes that I have completely fallen in love with. Not only are the formulations amazing, but the colours are as well, the shade I love in particular is Adora-Bleu. It's a unique cornflower blue, and I love the way it looks on my nails. I also got a ton of compliments on it this week when I've worn it, so that doesn't hurt either.

Disappointing Product: If you read my last post, you might have already known what I was going to put in this section. The new Limited Edition Color Tattoos didn't do anything for me, and the most disappointing shade that I came across was Icy Mint. I had such high hopes for this one, but in the end it was too sheer for me.

Best Read: One of my favourite blogs What I Heart Today, did a Summer SOS post, all about products for summer skin. While I do love my alabaster skin tone, summer is the time I always think about trying new sunless tanners. I have my eyes on the St. Tropez sunless tanner for my body, but the Clarins Liquid Bronze that has been quite hyped up is one I've been wanting for my face. Lily included the Clarins Liquid Bronze in her post, and I think I've finally convinced myself how much I need it.

Recent Purchases: Maybelline Limited Edition Color Tattoos in Precious Pearl, Waves Of White & Icy Mint, Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigment Eyeshadows in Barely Brazen & Downtown Brown, Stila One Step Illuminating Primer, Stila In The Know Palette.

Wish List Addition: Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning Lotion so I can try and get that healthy bronze glow everyone lusts after... and then maybe more of my foundations will match me too if I sport a darker hue. 


Limited Edition Maybelline Color Tattoos; Precious Pearl, Waves ofWhite & Icy Mint

When I see a new stand from Maybelline, and if by chance there are some Limited Edition Color Tattoos, my heart skips a beat. I am a huge fan of the Color Tattoos and the shade Bad Too The Bronze in one of my favourite drug store eye shadows! I haven't found too many shades that I don't like from the line, but in this limited edition line, I wasn't really happy with a single one.

All of the shades look beautiful in their pots, and not too bad on the eyes, so maybe it was just that I was expecting something different. When I saw each of the shades I was expecting them to have a lot of pigmentation like the other Color Tattoos I own. These unfortunately, for me, were quite sheer. Each of them were opalescent and/or duo chrome. When swatched and viewed straight on it looks like there is no color, but if/when it is viewed from an angle it becomes the colour seen in the pot. 

#10 Precious Pearl is a sheer ivory, but when applied it looks clear, and reflects white. This will add luminosity to your eyelids, but it won't add color to the lids.

#20 Waves of White is not showing up on camera how it looks in real life. It looks white all over the lid, but in reality where the light hits the eyelid it becomes a bright teal. Temptalia got it to show on her lid if you want to see the 'true' colour. This shade I did expect to be duo-chrome, but it isn't something I can work with on a daily bases like I hoped it would.

#30 Icy Mint is the one that was the most disappointing. I was expecting this to be the prettiest wearable mint shade, but it was way too sheer for it to be worn on its own. It gives the effect of worn off cream eyeshadow, which I don't appreciate.

While none of these were what I hoped for, if you like sheerer cream shadows these might be something to look at. I will probably get use out of these as eyeshadow bases, so they won't be completely be sitting in the back of my drawer.


A Different Nail Enamel

Clinique recently released a line of nail polish that has been in the making for 6 years, perfecting it so it can be used on the most sensitive of nails. While I don't have sensitive nails, I have really been loving  A Different Nail Enamel ($18). The shades range anywhere from a classic sheer pink, to a bright fuchsia. I picked up 3 out of the 12 shades, but I am defiantly wanting to go back and get more.

The formulation on all three shades are fantastic. They are quite long lasting, smooth, dry fast, and one of the best things is it only has a slight scent of the classic nail polish fumes. The nail polishes also have a fantastic applicator, not to big, and not to small. I would have preferred a bit larger of a brush, but it works well for everyone no matter what their preference. 

Black Honey is a deep wine, so deep that it can almost look black but it's definitely not. Although winter is a far ways away, I might have to sneak this one on for a couple days.

Happy <3 is a bright red with orange undertones. I've been loving this shade for summer, as it isn't the normal 'classic' red.

Concrete Jungle is a light beige, with a light hint of lavender, and for light to medium skin tones it is an amazing nude. This one I will be wearing all through the year. 

I previously said that I don't have sensitive nails, but my grandma does. She finds that with regular nail polish her nails peel. I purchased the top and base coat for her to try (it was the colour she asked for) and when I asked her how it worked, she said that she didn't get any peeling after 4 weeks, so she was quite happy.


Weekly Dose #11

Standout Product: I have an extremely hard time trying to find bronzers that work well for me. They are either too dark, look to orange or just don't look right on my skin. I think I have finally found the one for me. Bourjois Bronzing Primer is a new release, and has been talked about immensely. All around I think no one actually uses it as a primer, but as a cream bronzer. In all honesty, if I use too much, It doesn't look good on my alabaster skin, but a small amount blended in on my forehead and under my cheek bones gives me a nice glow that I'm unable to achieve myself. 

Disappointing Product: Maybe I'm to blame on this one by not keeping the lid closed enough, but my Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub has become hard to work with since it's dried up. I still love it to bits though, just wish it lasted a bit longer. Anyone have tips to revive? I'm to afraid of experimenting with it before I get close to a Lush store. 

Best Read: Us Canadians have some special hidden gems in the world of beauty literature, and while I am planning a post of all of them, I thought I'd share one today since the new issue has come out! The Kit Magazine is based in Toronto, Canada and the best news, is it's completely free. You can download the App so it shows in your Apple Newsstand, or if you are not into Apple products, they have a website that you can download the latest issue

Recent Purchases: Bourjois So Laque Glossy Nail Polishes in 06 Adora-bleu and 04 Amande Defile, Bourjois Bronzing Primer.

Wish List Addition: I can't help but want the much raved about Dior BB Cream. While most BB Creams don't match my skin tone, Estee who writes Essiebutton wears it, and it matches her, I believe it will match me as well. Adding to the lust is the Dior BB Eye Cream, which Estee has also been raving about.


What's In My Event Bag?

Following my 'What's In My Bag?' post, I'm showing you what's in my Event Bag. Event bag pretty much means what I take with me when I go out golfing, camping, or just a little adventure. The main reason I just don't take my regular day-to-day purse with me is because I'm lazy, and almost always forget something. I'll throw my purse and phone in, and be on my way!

1. I have been loving the Hawaiian Tropics Silk Hydration After Sun. It has a nice scent of Coconut and Papaya, and leaves my skin ultra soft. 

2. Being white as paper means I have to be extra careful about reapplying sunscreen, I try and reapply my Hawaiian Tropics Silk Hydration SPF 30 at least every hour and a half to be on the safe side.

3. I wish I remembered the brand of these sunglasses, but I got them at a golf pro shop. They are aviators, but they stay on much better, so they are less likely to fall off mid-swing. 

4. A spare golf glove. I aways seem to forget my usual one somewhere. 

5. La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water is a saviour in the summer heat when you are feeling like you need to cool off and there is no lake near by. 

6. Kiehls Lip Balm #1, in case I don't want to stick my finger in lip balm. Otherwise I choose the one below.

7. Nivea Lip Butter in Vanilla and Macadamia. I love this stuff, best feeling lip balm I have come across, and super hydrating! If you do apply too much your lips will have a white case on them for a little while.

8. Kiehls Ultra Strength Hand Salve is my all time favourite hand cream. A little goes a long way, fast absorbing and not at all sticky. Heaven.

The bag I carry around as my Event Bag is by SmartSet, and my makeup bag was a gift with purchase from Biotherm. 


Daily Dose #2

I was having a pretty good skin day, so all I used for a base was Stila Tinted Moisterizer and a bit of bareMinerals Foundation on a bit of redness that wasn't completely covered. I love that this duo covers everything that needs to be covered, but doesn't look heavy in the slightest. I also didn't put the bareMinerals Foundation on my cheeks where I would naturally apply blush to let my natural rosy cheeks shine through. For tools I really like fingers for the tinted moisturizer and my Body Shop Powder Foundation Brush for the powder foundation. 

For my eyes, I went for my Hourglass Eyeshadow Duo in Gypsy. The quality of these eye shadows are fantastic, buttery and soft. Although it is expensive, I really think they are worth it. I applied the light shimmery champagne all over the eye and inner corner, and used the burgundy shade closest to the lash line. I used the iconic Mac 217 for both shades, which applies practically any eyeshadow like a dream. A coat of my favourite natural, yet voluminous mascara, Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara.

For final touches, I grabbed the easiest brow product I own, Lancome Modele Sourcils Brow Groomer which is essentially a mousse-like tinted brow gel that deepens the brow hairs and holds them into place. A little bit of Dior Lip Glow, to finish off the naturally polished make up look.


Weekly Dose #10

Standout Product: A new purchase, but I fell in love with it fast. The Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation, is amazing for a drug store base. I rarely find good foundations other than high end ones, and I can count them on one hand (Covergirl Natureluxe, Revlon Nearly Naked, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum) so when I find a good one, I get very excited! It's a good colour, it does slightly oxidize though, the coverage is amazing and it lasts. 

Disappointing Product: Although Stila is one of my favourite brands, their Kajal Eyeliner in Onyx was a complete disappointment for me this week. I went for a more intense smokey eyes few days ago, and used this on my top and bottom water line, and after a hour or so, it was half way down my face. I could blame my oily eye area, but I looked like a raccoon. 

Best Read: One of my favourite bloggers, Sandra who writes The Black Pearl Blog recently wrote about the new Ciate Chalkboard Manicure. The effect didn't appeal to me at first, but the cute little art work that she did was so cute! It has changed my mind completely about the trend. You also might be interested to know that she is doing a giveaway for the set!

Recent Purchases: Stila Face The Day Gel Moisturizer, Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation, Lancome Hypnose Star Waterproof Mascara, Clinique Chubby Stick Eye Tint in Fuller Fudge, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation

Wish List Addition: I had this section planned out to say I was in a brush rut, and I just wanted new brushes, then I went into Walmart (which I rarely enter, ours is so run down) and saw that they had the Real Techniques brushes in stock. While I already own all of the sets, I was wanting a duplicate of the face collection, so I got those!