Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sephora Collection VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette

Eight neutral eyeshadows housed in a single, travel-friendly palette, all for $12. Sounds like a steal, right? Meet the Sephora Collection VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette ($12 CAD). 

The Packaging: Gold, envelope-shaped, cardboard packaging a little larger than my hand. By my terms, it's fun size (i.e. good for travel, perfect for tossing into your purse). The only things it's missing is a mirror and some space for a little brush or sponge-tip applicator, perhaps. 

The Product: The palette includes 8 shadows in varying iridescent and matte finishes. The taupe grey and the black are matte, the rest have varying degrees of shimmer.  Pigmentation and blend-ability is good, albeit a touch chalky. The top row contains soft browns, while the bottom shades are more smokey. Although the 8 neutrals aren't entirely unique, they're a great combination of shades to create a day look. The addition of a matte blending shade and a matte highlighting shade to this palette would make this palette even more versatile. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Annabelle Stay Sharp Self-Sharpening Waterpoof Kohl Eyeliner in Cappuccino

The Annabelle Stay Sharp Self-Sharpening Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner ($9.95) is the latest of Annabelle's 5 varieties of pencil liner. You may have noticed that the Annabelle Stay Sharp Self-Sharpening Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner bears an uncanny similarity to last week's eyeliner feature, the Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liner. Annabelle's version is less than half the prices but the packaging and self-sharpening functions are very much alike, so the Smashbox Always Sharp will be the basis for comparison. 

The Annabelle Stay Sharp Eyeliners are available in 6 shades (as opposed to 8 from Smashbox) - Go Black, Cappuccino, Graphite, Midnight (blue), Ultraviolet and Forest (green). Pictured above is Cappuccino. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

HALLOWEEN: Bleach (Manga) Ichigo Hollow Mask Makeup

It's that time of year again - that time when you can make-up yourself into anybody you want. HALLOWEEN TIME! Check out last year's Halloween looks here. Yep, I'll be doing a series of Halloween looks and first up is a Hollow Mask (for HOLLOW-EEN... eheheh I'm so punny). If you're familiar with the Anime/Manga Bleach (see here), then you'll know that a "Hollows" are "corrupt spirits with supernatural powers which devou the souls of both living and deceased Humans". Pretty fitting for a spooky occasion like Halloween, right? :) 

Tools Used: Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush #154, Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush, Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush, Real Techniques Detailer Brush, Eco-Tools Travel Eyeshadow Brush, Shu Uemura Lash Curler

FACE: On half my face, I applied my go-to full-coverage foundation (the MUFE Mat Velvet Plus). I coloured the other half of my face with the NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in "Milk" and evened it out with the Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush making sure to cover both the eyebrows and the lips. 

EYES: For the black and red details I used a combination of cream/liquid products and set with a corresponding eyeshadow. For the sharp winged liner, I drew the shape with the NYX Collection Liquid Black Liner, filled in lines with the Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil in "Black" and set everything with the darkest shade in the Hard Candy Top Ten Eyeshadow Collection in "Smoke Out". For the red detailing, I used a detail brush to draw narrow triangles with the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in "Grand Cru" and set with the Madison Street Beauty Eyeshadow in Pink Tulip

For extra contrast, I "prettied" up the other side of my face using a purple shade from the Hard Candy Top Ten Eyeshadow Collection in "Smoke Out", some KISS false lashes, and a little  Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil in "Black"

LIPS: On the lips, I drew teeth with the Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil in Black

I had a few realizations when creating this Halloween makeup look: (1) some of my eyeliners are actually solid black, some are not (I would highly recommend the ones I used) and (2) everything needs to be set with powder if you don't want it to move around. 

All in all, a fairly easy Halloween look inspired by the manga/anime Bleach. You could totally wear this makeup look to a fan expo, too! 

Do you or did you watch/read Bleach? What do you think of this look? :) 

Press samples are highlighted . 

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in 08 Grand Cru

Keeping up with fall trends means...busting out the matte deep red lippies. Lately I've been wearing the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in 08 Grand Cru ($24). The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Matte Liquid lipsticks are also available in five more shades Peach Club, Pink Pong, Frambourjoise, Personne ne rouge, and Nude-ist. 

The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in 08 Grand Cru, put simply, is a heavily pigmented deep red. The lippie has a slight sheen when applied but the hint of gloss wears away within the first half an hour. Because the product is so heavily pigmented, it takes a steady hand and a little concentration to get perfect lip lines. This is NOT a product to attempt to put on when you're in a rush. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liner in 3D Galaxy

It's another installment of eyeliner monday! The Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liner in 3D Galaxy ($23) was featured in the 2014 Chatelaine Beauty 100  as the most "innovative" eye product.  Innovative, why? The Always Sharp 3D Liners are innovative because the sharpener is conveniently located inside the cap, so every time you close your liner, it will be sharpened and ready for the next time you want to use it. 

Available shades (8): 3D Black (black with silver pearl), 3D Sparks (black with gold pearl), 3D Billionaire (antiqued green with green and gold pearl), 3D Pacific (seafoam mint green), 3D Neptune (intense blue with black undertones and blue pearl), 3D Orchid (black with pink pearl), 3D Gemstone (midtone brown berry with gold pearl) and 3D Gunmetal (black grey with silver undertones)

Smashbox also offers the Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liners ($23), which come in 8 more shades, and are presumably the non-glittery version of the Always Sharp 3D Liners. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencils in Milk and Cottage Cheese

My first ever enabled-by-the-internet beauty purchases were the NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencils in Milk and Cottage Cheese (~$5 each). Currently, stick eyeshadows are a thing nowadays but I'm pretty sure the NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencils pre-date a majority of them. 

I've put these on the backburner for a while but Halloween blog posts (see here) and the need for a stark white base have forced me to shop my stash and pull out these beauties. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


I'm all for an adventure (a makeup one that is!). Revlon challenged me to create a look inspired by somewhere far, far away - Stockholm - using and reviewing a few of their latest product launches. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED (obviously). I've never actually been to Stockholm, but it's on my bucket list.

Below is the the look. You can win all the products used by (1) finding the photo on my instagram (2) liking the photo (3) following me on instagram (4) and if you want you can tag a friend!...You must be Canadian, 18 years or older, and the contest closes October 14th, 2014 at 11:59pm :) GOOD LUCK. 

THE LOOK. A burnt red lip with a piercing eye (Strike a pose in STOCKHOLM). The eyes could be quite a bit more piercing but a thin, sharp wing of liner is more flattering on my eye shape. I've clearly put all my focus on the look of the deep, glossy lip. 

THE PRODUCTS. Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Onyx and Bone ($3.49 each), Revlon Color Stay Skinny Liquid Liner in Blackout ($10.49), Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara in Blackest Black ($10.49), Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in Stockholm Chic ($13.59), and Revlon Color Stay Gel Envy in Double Down, Ace of Spades and Diamond Top Coat ($8.39 each)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Annabelle Smudgeliners in Purple Storm, Armour, Atomic Surf & Sea Green

Eyeliner, eyeliner, eyeliner. By the time Autumn rolls in, I'm all about the eyeliner. Annabelle Cosmetics is too! So much so that Annabelle has a whopping 5 varieties of pencil eyeliners with multiple shades of each variety. Since I've been wearing so my eyeliner, I'm setting out to briefly explore a few of Annabelle's options. First, the Annabelle Smudgeliners ($8.95) in Purple Storm, Armour, Atomic Surf & Sea Green. There are a total of 12 Annabelle Smudgeliner shades available. 

Purple storm (dark purple), Armour (lilac-grey), Atomic Surf (light aqua), Sea Green (medium green) 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Shu Uemura #BraveBeauty Satin Radiant Stick [Pink & Light Pink] // Vision of Beauty Collection Fall 2014

Yet another beauty from the Shu Uemura #BraveBeauty Collection, the Shu Uemura Satin Radiant Sticks ($55) are a product to gawk at. In terms of aesthetics, one look at the vibrant packaging, and the rest is pretty self-explanatory.

The Satin Radiant Sticks are available in 4 shades: 

  • light pink - for a fresh, youthful looking natural flush
  • bronze gold - add sun kissed radiance any time of the year
  • pink - a natural looking rose flush that enhances complexion
  • orange coral - effortlessly paint on for a natural yet alluring look

Shu Uemura Satin Radiant Stick in Pink and Light Pink 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Make Up For Ever Sens'eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleaner

Seldom do I review makeup removers (because I'm addicted to a combination of Shu Cleansing Oil + Bioderma), but I feel like the Make Up For Ever Sens'Eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleaner ($11 for 1.01oz) deserves some recognition. The MUFE Sens'Eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleaner is a gel-based, fragrance-free eye makeup remover. The product comes in a handy pump bottle and when dispensed, it looks like a milky, blue lotion. 

Make Up For Ever Artist Liner in M-80, Annabelle BIG SHOW Waterproof Mascara, Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil, Lancome Liquid Liner, Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic