Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BEAUTY NEWS: 2014 Chatelaine Beauty 100

13 out of 100. Believe it or not, that's the fraction of 2014's "best of beauty" products selected by a panel of 7 experts including the beauty & fashion directors, editors, and make-up artists that I've actually tried. Perhaps it's a bit sad that as a beauty blogger, I haven't gotten the chance to try all the things, but that just goes to show how much selection there is out there for the everyday woman. 

Chatelaine's Beauty 100 (in the September 2014 issue) features 10 categories with 10 products in each: Fresh Start, Luscious Lips, Elegant Eyes, Perfect Nails, Flawless Face, Lovely Locks, Youthful Glow, Skin Savers, Blushing Cheeks and Beauty Tools

Chatelaine was kind enough to send me 11 out of the 100 beauty products to mess around with. Over the next little while I'll be playing around with these bits and bobs, so let me know if you'd like to see something reviewed! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Glosses in 285 Mint Mojito and 300 Vio-last

These. Polishes. Are. PERFECTION. I've previously reviewed the CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss formula in the colours SkylightAppletiniOrange Oasis, and Snow Storm and the latest two shades to hit the mess that is my "beauty desk" are no exception. 285 Mint Mojito and 300 Vio-last are a little more potent than everybody's favourite mint and lilac pastels but these bolder polishes are a much stronger transition going from summer to fall and fall into winter. 

Let's take a moment to ooohh and ahhh at the CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Glosses in Mint Mojito and Vio-last...

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mary Kay Little Gifts Hand Cream and Lip Balm Set

I say this a little prematurely but you know it's true. Winter is coming. And it ain't gonna be pretty if you're not prepared - think chapped lips and peeling hands... ick. Good thing you can fend off those little nightmares with Little Gifts - a hand cream ($13 each) and lip balm set ($20 for 3) from Mary Kay. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Mary Kay Midnight Jewels Nail Lacquers in Pearl Rose, Sapphire Noir, and Night Diamond

Long time no post. The weather is starting to feel like Fall (less than 20C), so here's a Fall beauty launch from Mary Kay Canada - the Mary Kay Nail Lacquers ($10) from the limited edition Midnight Jewels collection. Want to *shine bright like a diamond*? (thanks for that line, Rihanna...) All three shades have an subtle iridescent shimmer to get your nails there. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Born Pretty Store Romantic Flower Patterned Nail Art Stickers

MOAR NAIL STICKERS, mostly because it's final exam season for the next week and whilst I tried these out I didn't want to spend too much time waiting for my nails to dry. So it's really all in the convenience of the matter. Pictured above are the Born Pretty Store Romantic Flower Patterned Nail Art Stickers ($1.99 for 14 pieces). 

They're like any other nail sticker/applique except for one small standout factor. HOLY MOLY THESE ARE GLOW IN THE DARK. Glow in the dark things make everything a million times cooler. Unknowingly (and jokingly), I had applied one of these bad boys onto someone else and they had noticed it even though it doesn't mention this wizardry on the packaging. I'm going to have to learn how to take photos in low-light settings because I feel like nail art in the dark would be very cool. 

Aside from the glow in the dark madness, these are your typical nail sticker. Slightly plastic-feeling and more 
sticky than the blue nail art stickers that I've tried (see review here), however they last just as long at around 3 days before the edges start to wear down. Another difference from others, the price point is pretty stellar. You cant go wrong at $2 - you won't even find nail art appliques at the drugstore on clearance for that price. 

Get 10% off your purchase at Born Pretty Store with the code UAUT10

What do you think of glow in the dark nails? 

Press samples featured, which doesn't change how cool glow in the dark nail art stickers are! 

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Empties #8 [End of Term]

So much for that promise to myself to write empties posts every other month... and what's worse? After 4 months, this is a bit  half-assed and not even half as product-filled as the 43 that I emptied last time around. I guess school and life has kind of gotten in the way of my "use-up-your-stuff" mentality. *sigh* so it's the end of my school term and by the time this is posted I'll be in the midst of writing finals. Oh how time flies. 

The Empties Legend: 

*** = fo sho repurchase
** = maybe repurchase
* = probably won't repurchase

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Shu Uemura Drawing Pencils in M black 01, ME green 51, M earthy brown 82 and M red purple 11

Not sure if I ever mentioned this, but pencil liners are my favourite type of liner! I'm a huge fan of a semi-smokey, semi-smudgy liner that's a little more casual than the traditional cat eye winged liner. Shu Uemura recently launched the Shu Uemura Drawing Pencils ($28 CAD) now available at Hudson's Bay, Holt Renfrew, select Sephoras and shuuemura.ca (also get 15% and free shipping with the code DRAW15). 

There are 18 shades available in 4 different finishes (matte, pearl, metallic and glitter). The colours are split in half, with 9 shades as dark and defining and 9 brights. Claims include soft, creamy texture, water-proof and smudge-proof wear. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

MAX/Effects Face and Eye Makeup Remover

Admittedly, for the past two years, I've been exclusively using cleansing waters and oils - Bioderma and Reversa - (and makeup wipes on lazy days) to remove makeup in my everyday skincare routine. I've ignored all alternatives until the MAX/Effects Eye and Face Makeup Remover ($19.99, 400mL at http://www.maxeffectsnaturals.com/) stepped onto the beauty blogging desk

It's got quite the resume. The MAX/Effects Eye and Face Makeup remover comes housed in a convenient plastic pump bottle. It's 96% natural (though, I'm not quite sure why it can't be 100%), paraben/alcohol/oil-free, made in Canada, and clinically tested under dermatologist and ophthalmologist control. Impressive lists aside, what I was truly concerned about is the removal power of this product. 

It contains cucumber extract, so evidently - it smells very much like cucumber water. In fact, when pumped onto a cotton pad, it feels like cucumber water. Good thing it doesn't actually work like cucumber water instead of makeup remover. As a makeup remover, the MAX/Effects Eye and Face Makeup Remover works well (as comparable to my favourite cleansing waters) but also takes more than just a couple swipes and pumps over the face and eyes to remove every little bit of makeup. On a good note, this does not sting my face or eyes - no tingly feeling = good makeup remover in my books. 

Ingredients: Aqua, Centaura Cyanus Floral Water, Cucumis Sativus (Fruit) Extract, Caprylyl/Capryl Wheat Bran/Straw Glucosides, Fusel Wheat Bran/Straw Glucosides, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Polyglyceryl-5 Oleate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Citric Acid.

Overall, this is a good makeup remover. Not the best I've tried, but it's a great option if you're looking into something that's more "natural". Looking at the ingredients, there's not too many and they're all fairly recognizable words, which is quite reassuring when it comes to beauty products.

Do you use cleansing water or makeup remover? 
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Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in In Nude

Eons ago, I reviewed the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal  in Nude. This Fall, Rimmel launches the Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in In Nude ($6.99). The difference? Not very much. 

LEFT: Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in In Nude; RIGHT: Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Nude

First off, the packaging is slightly different. The new Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer is a twist-up pencil with a smudger, which I find to be a little pointless considering the texture of the eyeliner. Conversely, the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal is your standard pencil that needs to be sharpened every so often. 

At a glance, the Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer is slightly lighter in colour than the Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal. The lighter colour brings more brightness to the eye, but if you've got a darker skintone than me you might want something less stark, so going for the Kohl Kajal might be the more preferred option. In terms of texture, the Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer is not as creamy. This doesn't make a difference when it comes to staying power, as both linger on the lashline for 4-5 hours, which is impressive for nude coloured eyeliners. 

Essentially, both products work in the same way. Both are nude liners to brighten up areas like the inner rim of the eye, inner corner, or underneath the brow bone. I prefer my old Rimmel Kohl Kajal over the Exaggerate Eye Definer but I think that either one is an essential when it comes to brightening the eyes. 

Do you use nude eyeliner? 

Purchased one on my own and the other is a press sample! 

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Rita Ora x Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish in 863 Do Not Disturb and 613 Midnight Rendezvous

"A woman is helpless only when her nails are drying." That means that a fast drying nail polish is every girl's dream. This August, Rimmel launches 6 new polishes in the 60 Seconds Nail Polish by Rita Ora ($3.99) for the Rita Ora Capsule Collection. 

Today, swatches of two of the colours - 863 Do Not Disturb and 613 Midnight Rendezvous. In addition, the other four colours include 873 Breakfast in Bed (seafoam green), 703 White Hot Love, 323 Don't Be Shy (hot pink), and 203 Lose Your Lingerie (pastel pink).