31.7.13

Strawberry Belini : Two Ways


My favourite lip gloss combination has been two lip glosses from the Revlon Colorburst Line. The shades Strawberry & Belini layered on top of one another creates a natural sheer red gloss to the lips. Revlon makes my favourite drug store lip products, and their lip glosses are some of the only ones I can tolerate. The non sticky formula feels weightless on the lips while still adding a punch of colour.

I have also been enjoying another kind of Strawberry Belini...

Ingredients:

  • 12 Strawberries
  • 1 Bottle of Champagne*
  • 2-4 Champagne Flute (depending how much puree you'd like in each glass)

Step One
Cut off the top's of your strawberries.

Step Two
Blend all of your strawberries into a puree. 

Step Three
Pour your desired amount of puree into your champagne flute, follow with champagne.

Step Four
Stir and enjoy!

*for a non-alchoholic version, replace champagne with sparkling water.

29.7.13

An Essie Fiji Dupe? Not Really, But It's Still Worth A Look!

Walking around this week looking at the new products that have recently came out, a nail polish caught my attention. Sally Hansen brought out their Xtreme Wear Limited Edition Summer Collection and the shade 410 Juicy Berry looked like it would be an excellent dupe of Essie Fiji. Essie Fiji is a cult shade, but the formula is blatantly, crap. I have a few other Xtreme Wear polishes and the formulation is exactly what I look for in a nail polish. Idealy I was hoping that the shades would be similar, but the nail polish would apply easily as I don't wear  many coats.

Unfortunately, I only got half of what I was hoping. The quality is fantastic, but the color was not the same. Fiji is a very pale cool toned pink, where Juicy Berry isn't as light, and is more warm. 

Luckily, the color is still beautiful, and for people who find Fiji light, and too washed out, I would highly recomend looking into Juicy Berry.

28.7.13

Weekly Dose #18

Standout Product: I've been having a lot of makeup free days, so the one thing I've been relying on to not make my skin look dry and flaky is Stila Face The Day Moisterizer. Stila recently came out with a skin care range that has really been impressing me. The moisterizer has been getting the most love with its hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and peppermint oil. Hello amazing scent!

Dissapointing Product: I have had a grand love affair with the Clinique Chubby Stick Eye Tints, but the most recent one I've bought has me feeling a bit disappointed. I think the product is great, but the shade Fuller Fudge is a bit too fussy for me in comparison to the to other shades I own. I normally use my finger to blend out the product, but for this one, I have to use a fluffy brush or it goes terribly wrong. I think darker complexions would get away with this beautifully as it would be less likely to notice smudgy blending.

Best Read: I've been loving paring a simple look with a bold lip, and Suzie from Hello October has got the simple summer look down in her recent post The Summer Series: Beach Makeup. I am now lusting over some gorgeous Aerin cream blush. 

Recent Purchases: Bioderma, Rimmel Apocalips in Stellar and Nova, Nails Inc. Nail Polishes in Porchester Square and Tate.

Wish List Addition: I am in need of some hair care revamping, and my eyes are on some new shampoo and conditioner. I'm thinking either the Bumble & Bumble Surf Shampoo and Conditioner, or the Ojon Volume Advance line. Opinions anyone?

Stila Face The Day Gel Moisterizer // Clinique Chubby Stick Eye Tint in Fuller Fudge // Bioderma // Rimmel Apocalips in Stellar // Rimmel Apocalips in Nova // Nails Inc. Porchester Square // Nails Inc. Tate

25.7.13

Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning : A Pale Skin Review

When it comes to self tanning products, I am the definition of a newbie. In the past month or so, I have dabbled into deepening my skin tone ever so slightly. I love being pale, but at times I would like to have a darker complexion. More foundations will match me, and I might be able to pull off black eyeliner without looking like I'm in the rebellious teenage years. I've played around slightly with St. Tropez for tanning my body, but I was always worried about tanning my face. 

After months, possibly years of hearing about how fantastic the Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning is for the face, curiosity got the best of me. Reviews on-line were exactly what I was looking for; a slight tan, that is barely noticable when used every couple of days. I was hoping that I would get the same results, but wasn't sure how it would work on my pale skin.

My first application was barely noticeable. I could see that the tan had developed, but it wasn't enough for it to pick on camera either, nor for any other eyes that weren't my own to notice. Feeling a bit disappointed I applied again that same night. I then woke up, and the tan had deepened even more, this time my fiancé had noticed and asked if I got a fake tan, I then panicked thinking that it was too dark, or maybe pulled a bit orange, but he assured me it looked, "natural, if I saw it on someone I didn't know the skin tone of." Feeling reassured I wouldn't step out into public looking like an oompa loompa, and sporting one of the darker foundations at the back of my drawer, I ventured off to work. 

No one noticed. This was actually a good thing for me, as I didn't want it to be obvious. I then asked a few girls, and after a few seconds of examining my skin tone, they said it was darker, but not unless I pointed it out. After a bit of chatting, I gladly gave them the name of the product as they wrote it down for future reference.

Overall, I think the product is fantastic. I get a good amount of tan that can be built up or kept subtle, and the color doesn't look fake or orange. I'll continue to use the Liquid Bronze, but use it every second night to keep a slight tan, as only once was not enough, and two in a row was too much.

Have you tried Liquid Bronze? If so, how did it work for you?

21.7.13

Weekly Dose #17

Standout Product: Lately I have been reaching for my Mineralize Skin Finish in Light to set my base. I don't love the staying power, but the natural skin finish of this powder keeps me coming back. I'll be needing a new one of these soon, as I am seeing a very big piece of pan! Send my your staying power powder recommendations!

Disappointing Product: I recently tried out the L'oreal BB Cream in Fair as I've had quite good luck with every other drugstore BB Cream, like the Maybelline and Rimmel versions. I really didn't get along with this foundation, and its not because of the colour or the finish, but the consistency, it feels like I am applying dirt onto my skin. There are little beads that are supposed to 'change' to the colour of your skin, but, sadly, they don't dissolve fast enough for me.

Best Read: Under a weeks time will mark the start of my vacation! I'm quite excited but packing is always stressful. Normally I overpack for vacations, and don't use half of it, I found Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup's guide for The Outdoors quite helpful with my week of camping ahead!

Recent Purchases: As much as I try for my my purse strings to stay tight before my vacation, a few items have slipped through. I had been waiting weeks for the shade 033 Tender Caramel of the L'Oreal Color Infallible Eye Shadows. I also spotted the shade Berry Juicy from the Limited Edition Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Polishes that might be a dupe for Essie Fiji, but more on that later. Lastly I picked up an Elizabeth Arden Exceptional Lipstick in Neoclassic Coral, which was on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart for just about $6! Score!

Wish List Addition: I'm in some serious need of some new powder highlights. I realized most of my highlighters are liquid, but sometimes you need a good powder highlight or two! On the top of my wish list is the MAC Soft & Gentle, and The Balm Mary Lou Manizer.

16.7.13

Essie's Fear Or Desire

Has everyone's summer been the same as mine? On day's I work, the weather is beautiful, and on days you are free to do and wear anything, the weather is overcast and muggy. If not, lucky you! I recently bought a whole bunch of fun dresses and skirts that have been stuck in my closet as I've only been able to wear my black work clothes. Luckily, I must have found a penny or something, as the weather was really nice yesterday. I pulled out a fun blue skirt, went out the the deck, and decided to paint my nails...

I love contrasting my nails to my outfit. I rarely find time to match my nail polish to my outfit, but when I do, I love it!

With my blue skirt, I used Essie's Fear or Desire, a true orange. Essie nail polishes are some of my favourite in terms of quality and colours, and the application of this nail polish is no exception. The shade is beautiful and even makes my ghostly hands look a little tanned.

Into the nail polish jar it goes. That reminds me, I have to put together my new Summer nail polish jar, as it is not even close to the same as my spring jar!

15.7.13

Weekly Dose #16

Standout Products: This week I have been having a bit of a love affair with a few products. On my nails this week has been Ciate Cutie Pie 026. It's a sheer baby pink that makes the nails look extremely healthy. On my lips it seems like every morning I have been applying a layer of Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry to add a bright kick to my everyday natural summer makeup. With the heat, my hair seems to be getting extra greasy. Instead of going back to washing my hair ever night, I throw it up into a big messy top knot. To get extra volume out of my thin limp hair, I turn to my hair doughnut to get needed volume. 

Disappointing Product: Beauty wise there hasn't been any product's that have disappointing to me. I did buy a new iPhone 5, and while I love the phone, I have been having nothing but trouble with it. Within the first week there was rattling from the battery, and too many times where my phone couldn't make a phone call. I should have just waited for the new version to come out, but I have a hard time being patient when my mind is set on something.

Best Read: Coco who writes at The Beauty Milk wrote a post spotlighting quite a few different different eye primers she has tried out. As my Urban Decay Original Primer Potion is coming to an end, I've been trying to decide which primer to go for. The Nars Primer has been at the top of my radar, but I think that the Urban Decay Eden Primer Potion is now closing in.

Recent Purchases: I've been quite good and haven't purchased any beauty products, but I did acquire my iPhone 5.

Wish List Addition: My hair has not been cooperating with me recently, so I've been itching to get some new hair care products. At the top of my haircare wish list is the Bumble & Bumble Surf Shampoo and Creme Rinse.  

12.7.13

Going To The Matte

It wasn't until the last couple of years that the idea of matte makeup products interested me. I somehow thought matte makeup was when you're 50, and never had a real appreciation for it. My collection of matte makeup has been growing steadily, and I've acquired enough to wear a full face of it. Here are my tried and tested favorite matte makeup products for every step of the way.

Clarins Ever Matte Foundation was released about a year and a half ago, and was buzzing around the blogosphere. It's a moderate/full coverage foundation that leaves the skin with a silky matte finish. It's oil-free so if my skin is breaking out with over active oil glands, there isn't a better foundation to reach for. While nothing can beat my MAC Mineralize Skin Finish, I don't always want a natural sheen on my skin, and prefer a no shine in sight option. I have been reaching for the Make Up For Ever HD Powder sample that I've been using for quite a while now. If my small sample lasts this long, I have no idea how long the full size will last when I do purchase it. I still haven't made the switch to matte powder blushes, but I have a very big space in my heart for cream blushes, particularly Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in Pinched.

Eyeshadow was my biggest feat in jumping over to the matte side, and it didn't come very easy until I saw Lisa Eldridges video on the classic smokey eye using only matte eye shadows, and now I'm a little hooked. My favorite palette I've come across is the Stila In The Know Palette that has 10 matte shades.

As for lips, there are quite a few amazing matte lipsticks out there, but my favorite would probably be the lipstick that started it all, Revlon Matte Lipstick in Smoked Peach. 

What are your favourite matte products?

10.7.13

Best Magazine Beauty Reads

Being a self confessed beauty addict means that all of your spare time usually revolves around anything beauty. While I love writing my own blog, and reading other blogs, I still can't get enough of the beauty sections of magazines, let alone magazines dedicated solely beauty. I've been reading a few stand out magazines for quite some time, and I thought it was time I shared with you all.

Allure 

This is one you've probably read once in your life, or hopefully more; but it is one this list wouldn't be complete without. I have a subscription to this magazine and usually find myself reading it at least twice  a month. With the addition of their iPad app, I've been reading it on there, and I don't know if I will turn back. It has a handful of fun features, and my favourite being able to 'colour in' a black and white ad, into full colour with a few swipes of the finger back and forth.

Glow

For those that live outside of Canada, you've probably never heard of this magazine. Available only in Shoppers Drug Mart, and filled with Optimum Point offers, I always find inspiration flipping through the pages. Luckily they actually make Glow available for everyone through their computer on the top right hand side, and at no cost! On their website they have links to new issues each month. Here is the link for the newest issue. Now you might think is one of those normal 'flyer' type magazine, but no. There are full articles, interviews (this issue has Gucci Westman), and fantastic products.

The Kit

Another hidden Canadian gem, The Kit, is a Toronto, Canada based magazine. I get this on my iPad through the Apple Store for free. You can also get issues through their website on the top left hand side (direct link here). Filling the pages are beauty looks, and the products used to create them, interactive 360º objects, closets and lust worthy wish lists.

Please, do give these all a try and let me know how you get along with them! xx

8.7.13

Weekly Dose #15

Standout Product: It's been getting quite sunny here, and with the sun I like to pull out my favourite sunscreen. Kiehls Super Fluid SPF 50 is a light weight sunscreen that feels quite weightless on the skin, and has the texture of milk. It works wonders under any foundation and tinted moisturizer or on it's own. 

Disappointing Product: I have been loving doing my brows recently, and while experimenting with different product I came across a sample I'd picked up awhile ago, Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel. At first I thought I liked this, but then I realized that my brows had a sheen on them, like a glossy mascara sheen. I realized soon that the brow gel was the culprit and quickly dismissed it from my daily brow products. I keep this on hand if I'm having unruly brows, but when I do eventually pick up a brow gel, this will find its way into the garbage or someone else's handbag who might enjoy it more.

Best Read: With my vacation coming up, Vivianna Does Makeup's post The VDM Guide to Holiday Beauty Packing was definitely something I enjoyed. I'm normally quite good at bringing a healthy amount of product with me, but I love seeing what other people would take. It gives me the excitement that a 'what's in my handbag' style post/video would give me! OH, and she also included a PDF checklist. My type of gal.

Recent Purchases: I've been keeping my wallet strings quite tight lately, so I only picked up a few things. Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning and Nails Inc. Chelsea Physic Garden.

Wish List Addition: Like most weeks, I've been craving the Dior Nude BB Cream. It's at the top of my wish list for when I head out of town.

Kiehls Super Fluid SPF 50 Sunscreen // Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel // Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning // Nails Inc. Chelsea Physic Garden


4.7.13

Daily Dose #2

With summer in full effect I haven't been wearing a ton of makeup, and quite a few days with the +35ºC weather I only step out with moisturizer and a high SPF. When I try to wear makeup, my base tends to sweat off before it even hits noon. Even with the heat I was eager to give myself a little perk up  by evening out my complexion and adding a bit of a peach hue to both the lips and lids. 

For my go-to light summer base I have been loving the Clinique CC Cream in Very Light, it gives a really good coverage for a light base. It covers practically all of my redness, but it doesn't cover any nasty spots. The CC Cream also has an SPF of 30 without being too sunscreen like or greasy like I've experienced in the past. Since most of my colour gets covered, I like to add a bit more to the cheeks. I have been loving the natural peachy colour that Stila Convertible Color in Gerbera gives me. While my base doesn't last all day with this in the heat, roughly 5-6 hours it lasts in +35º), I find that this one looks pretty decent if you need to add another layer to freshen up.

I went a little match-matchy with my makeup and added a warmer golden peach to my lids by using a eyeshadow duo, Nars Silk Road. The light peachy champagne I applied all over my lid and into the inner corner to brighten everything up. With the darker rose gold colour, I applied it into the outer half of my lid creating needed definition. I also pulled out my favourite mascara right now, Clinique High Impact Extreme. If you haven't tried this mascara yet, you need to. It leaves you with long separated lashes that create really nice volume.

To finish everything off, I pulled out my favourite lip product so far this summer, Nars Barbarella Lipstick that you might have noticed from my 'Summer Sheers' post.

Clinique CC Cream in Very Light // Stila Convertible Color in Gerbera // Nars Eyeshadow Duo in Silk Road // Clinique High Impact Extreme // Nars Lipstick in Barbarella

3.7.13

Mascara Rotation + Pictures

When it comes to lashes I'll be the first to admit I don't like mine. They aren't the worst out there, but they just are difficult to work with. They don't like to hold a curl, and one of my eyes' eyelashes are always lower than the other. I sometimes fix this by curling just one of my eyes, the left one, but most of the time I leave them as is, giving me the lazy eye look. Lovely, don't you think? I have had a steady mascara rotation with these 5 mascaras for quite awhile now, and I thought it was time to break them all down for you.

All of these mascaras I love. The type of mascara I usually gravitate towards are ones that separate/define and lengthen. My eyelashes I don't necessarily like only volumizing mascaras, if they are volumizing, they have to be separating as well. With that said, here's the rundown of my rotation...

Loreal Telescopic - Lengthening and jet black formula create semi-defined lashes. 

Benefit They're Real - Volumizing and glossy formulation create semi-defined lashes that give a false lash effect.

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Jumbo Lash - Volumizing and mousse formulation create naturally thick lashes.

Clinique High Impact Extreme - Volumizing and close plastic bristled brush create defined/separated volume
Lancome Definicils - Lengthening and fiber combined formulation create high length and separation.