Saturday, October 25, 2014

HALLOWEEN: Creepy Cute Doll Makeup

Another Halloween makeup look (see more here!!). Probably one of the most common/cliche Halloween makeup looks I've seen around youtube/the blogosphere - the Creepy Doll. It's one of those weird looks that you can still make "pretty" with pastels eyeshadow and blush. 



Products Used: Hard Candy Sheer Envy Dark Spot Correcting Primer, Hard Candy Single & Loving it in "Oink", Hard Candy All Lid Up in "Lady Like", Hard Candy Top Ten Eyeshadow Palette in "Smoke Out", Kiss Ever EZ Lashes in #3, Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes in "Flirty", Kiss Eyelash Adhesive with Aloe, Revlon Skinny Liquid Liner in "Blackout", NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in "Milk", GOSH Giant Blush in "Pink Parfait", Almay Smart Shade Mousse Makeup, Rimmel Apocalips in "Apocaliptic"

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Body Shop Colour Crush Nail Polishes [Crimson Kiss, Frosting Fancy, Pink Cream, Meet Me at Dusk, Peach Babe, Mint Cream & Got the Blues]

Me and nail polish, we're good friends. New formulas from different brands are always fun. New and shiny at the Body Shop is the Colour Crush Nail Polish ($6 each). The formula boasts "nail-loving" (enriched with Marula Oil) , quick drying, and high gloss. It's also vegan-friendly and 5-free in 24 shades. I tried a combination of brights, pastels, and one dark colour - Crimson Kiss, Frosting Fancy, Pink Cream, Meet Me at Dusk, Peach Babe, Mint Cream, and Got the Blues. 




The brush is square and medium in width, allowing for one layer of polish to be applied in three easy swipes. The nice thing about these polishes is that the formula is consistent. From the darkest to the lightest colours (with the exception of Pink Cream), all of the polishes require two coats for full opacity. Furthermore, the polishes lasted me 4 days before chipping, which is pretty impressive. 

The "quick dry" claims are very, very true. I'm a fidgety person notorious for getting polish on white shirts and laptop keyboards. I can only wait 2-3 minutes between coats. So far, I haven't experienced any sort of smudges or accident. 

The "high shine" claim only just met my expectation. If you like ultra-shiny nails, you'll still want to add a top-coat. As for the "nail loving", I can't really say. None of these polishes stained my nails nor have I seen dramatic results to my nail health. Perhaps we shall see in the long run... 

Anyways, time for swatches!! (warning... very photo heavy!!) :) 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

eos 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness Collection

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a great opportunity to learn more about the breast cancer. eos (evolution of smooth) makes it easy to support the cause with a limited edition three-piece collection for which 100% of the net profits are to be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. The eos 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness Collection ($9.99) is available September 2014 through November 2014 at Shopper's, Loblaws, Target, Walmart, Giant Tiger, Rexall, Lawtons and evolutionofsmooth.com



As mentioned, the set contains three eos products - the Strawberry Sorbet Smooth Stick Lip Balm, Pomegranate Raspberry Smooth Sphere Lip Balm (see blueberry acai review, and Berry Blossom Hand Lotion. I've tried two of the three products (everything but the Limited Edition Strawberry Sorbet Smooth Stick). 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Shu Uemura #BraveBeauty Look [Peacock-inspired Makeup]

"Be brave in pursuit of beauty." While I take joy in finding the perfect set of neutral eyeshadows, by far my favourite thing about makeup is experimenting with colour. I'm no makeup artist but colour pushes me to explore beyond the bounds of my comfort zone. The Shu Uemura Vision of Beauty Collection Volume 1 - Brave Beauty is the epitome of power and bravery through colour which does nothing but fulfill the colour-crazed beauty fiend in my heart. 

Shout-out to the wonderful boyfriend who bought me some peacock feathers to play with. It made for easy inspiration. The colours of the feather paired perfectly with the greens of the Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Eye Palette and its fragility seemed so reminiscent of the Shu Uemura Brave Beauty False Eyelashes. 




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.