Thursday, October 31, 2013

NAILS: Orange



Happy Halloween! Seeing as the official colours of Halloween are orange and black, a simple orange mani seems fitting for the occasion. This is Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Colour in 150 "Sunkissed". I got this as a giveaway prize from the lovely Emalista and I am glad that I did! 

Although the formula is thin and it takes 3 coats to get to full opacity, the colour is vibrant and eye-catching. Also, I find the finish of the polish to be quite shiny, so no need for a topcoat. As for the *Xtreme Wear* claims, this one lasts 3-4 days with no chipping and no topcoat.

All in all, a great polish that I will be wearing for more than just Halloween. :) 

What colour are you wearing on your nails today?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

HALLOWEEN: Pop Art Comic Makeup


One day till Halloween. It's been all over the web for years and I decided to take a stab at the Pop Art Makeup inspired by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. To be honest, I think I did the messiest job in the world, but it still looks cool all the same. This was very impromptu...a make-up as you go kind of thing. Like the Alien Tutorial, I didn't go out to buy any special products and limited myself to the stuff that I already have in my collection.   



I started with a blank canvas using my MUFE Mat Velvet Plus Foundation and then did the eyes with Madison Street Beauty Mineral Eyeshadow in "Mustard", lined the lips with Caryl Baker "Desire"* and filled them in with L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in Raspberry Rush


I continued on to the more comic characteristics of the look. With a very sharp Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in "Zero", I outlined the face and lips, then drew on some expression lines, eyebrows, and a large tear. I filled in the tear with Madison Street Beauty Mineral Eyeshadow in "Electric Periwinkle". NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in "Milk" played a critical role in this look. I used it on the lower lash line to widen the eyes, on the lips for a little false shine, and created dots all over the face. 




Yep, this look was tons of fun to create, but it's also midterm season so the fact that I'm permanently crying is pretty much how I'm feeling at the moment.

Do you have your costume all ready for tomorrow? Do you celebrate Halloween or reap the benefits of cheap candy the next day?  

Products received for consideration are denoted with an asterisk (*).

Monday, October 28, 2013

Channeling Gatsby - #MAKEUPFOREVERHalloween


The Great Gatsby. A classic novel and a great movie. And Leonardo Dicaprio *swoooooons* (he's way too old for me lol). If you're not a fan Gatsby makeup also be classified as a 20s makeup look or flapper makeup. 

I drew inspiration from Make Up For Ever face chart titled "Gatsby" by Yvonne Macinnis of the Toronto Eaton Centre. 


Make Up For Ever put together 7 face charts of Halloween looks that can be recreated with your everyday makeup and I thought these would be fun to share. This just goes to show that you can do any look with the makeup you have on hand. 



Saturday, October 26, 2013

Skincare on the Daily || My Skincare Routine

Rumor has it that skincare is the key to looking youthful for eternity. Maybe. Maybe not.On average, I use 10 products a day but for some people less is more. Sometimes I skip a few due to laziness or time constraints. Furthermore, I have a ton of skincare samples that I like to incorporate into the mix occasionally. Only up until recently have I solidified what works for me and my skin.

A little background into...
My current state of face
I have mildly sensitive combination skin with large pores. What is that even supposed to mean?
  • For the most part, the skin on my face could be classified as normal (not dry and not oily) but ...
  • My t-zone (chin, forehead, nose) is very oily except for the fact that...
  • Sometimes my nose gets really dry and peels on the top and on the sides. 
  • The pores on and around my nose are very large 
  • I only get zits and pimples for three reasons (1) it's that time of the month  (2) I'm stressed (3) I haven't been eating well -- too much fried food, sugar, etc. 
  • I have a little hyperpigmentation on my face because I used to pick at my pimples. It was quite hard to resist the temptation. DON'T PICK AT YOUR SKIN. You'll thank yourself later. 
I hope you`ve gotten a good understanding of my current state of face. Here`s my skincare routine. :)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Introducing...SPARK Sessions - Canada's First Fashion & Beauty Blogger Conference!

This just in... SPARK Sessions will be hosting its first Fashion and Beauty Blogger Conference on November 16th and 17th in Toronto at the Centre for Social Innovation. OH!! And I'll be there :D

SPARK Sessions aims to connect bloggers, PR Reps, and industry leaders through blogging education and networking. Organizers include top-notch Canadian bloggers - Elaine of Toronto 
Beauty Reviews, Nicole of Dainty Girl, and Anum of SummerxSkin to name a few.



Me? I've signed up to volunteer at the event on both days! If you're anything like me, I was quite a nervous wreck when it came to bringing my blog beyond taking selfies in my room. My blog has grown immensely over the past year and I truly believe that this will be a great opportunity to put myself out there, meet new people, and connect...as well as learn more about and how to improve the hobby of which I spend a majority of my free time.

Anyways, back to the conference. They have an exciting line up of sponsors including Almay (title beauty sponsor), Smart Set (title fashion sponsor), Benefit Cosmetics, Blossom Lounge, SpaFinder, and Charming Media.

Also, I'm gonna let you in on a [not so secret] secret...Lainey of Lainey Gossip (as seen on CTV's The Social and ETALK) will be a guest speaker! Exciting, right? 

A quick and dirty overview of what's going to be covered in each of the "panels" for the weekend (per sparksessions.ca): Blogging/Branding/Social Media, SEO. Sponsorship, Networking/Image/Events, Multimedia/Photos/Video, Business of Blogging, PR Perspective. and How to Pitch to Editors.
You can purchase tickets for $109 (+ 3.72 processing) at sparksessions.ca. This may seem a little pricey but SPARK Sessions strikes me as a promising event with many many opportunities (and food). Perhaps you can consider it a long-term investment in the future of your blog! 

All in all, I'm en route to broadening my horizons about this little thing I call "blogging" :)

UPDATE: They put a list of speakers/panelists on their website. Beautezine and Jeanie Becker... OMG. 


Will I be seeing you there? 

**I was not compensated in any way to write this post. Be there or be square!** 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

HALLOWEEN: Glam Alien Makeup - FASHION MAGAZINE Beauty Panel


No doubt that Halloween is a special occasion. It's the only day during the entirety of the year that you can transform yourself into whomever you want to be without being questioned about how crazy, gory, scary, or ridiculous you may look. This year, I'll be an glam alien.
  

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Face of the Day - Easy Peasy Fall Makeup

Fall makeup is no different from any other time of the year. As much as I like to play around with different looks here on the blog, my day-to-day look is very simple. The days have been a little drab lately, so I've also pulled my external flash and realized how much I miss the diffused lighting.

Lately, my skin's been treating me pretty well (minus stress breakouts due to exams). I've only been using concealer for the face, but darkening my eyeshadows for the fall season. I guess you could say that this is also a collection of some of my current favourites :)





FACE: 
  • under the eyes - Annabelle BB Skin Perfect Concealer in "Medium"
  • swept over the t-zone - Madison Street Beauty Foundation Mineral Makeup in "Marzipan" 
  • over the cheekbones - Natural Collection Blusher in "Peach Melba" from an International Swap

EYES
  • all over the lids - Susan Posnick Colour Eye Define Liner* in "Bronze" from the August 2013 Wantable Co Subscription Box 
  • on the outer half of the eye - Stila Eyeshadow in "Cashmere" from the Stila Luxe Eyeshadow Palette
  • along the upper lashline - Stila Waterproof Smudge Stick Eyeliner in "Ladyfish" from the Stila Luxe Eyeshadow Palette
  • on the lower waterline - Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in "Nude". See the full review here.
  • on the lashes - CoverGirl Flamed Out Mascara in "Very Black Blaze". See full review here.
LIPS
What are you currently wearing on your face? 


Products received for consideration are denoted with an asterisk (*).

Monday, October 21, 2013

ArteStile Collection Hugs & Kisses Tweezers and Nail Scissors Duo

Beauty tools. The most under-reviewed, underrated and unappreciated products that deserve much more attention than they get. I could indeed live without a lipstick, but no way jose would I go a day without plucking stray hairs from my brows. 


That being said, I haven't tried many types of tweezers. I've found a few that I like and stuck with them (ie. no-name from TJ Maxx and Tweezerman) so I haven't made any opportunities for myself to try something new. I was curious when I was contacted to review these ArteStile Beauty Implements. Having never heard of company, here's a quick summary of the info I received: 
  • ArteStile (pronounced art-eh-steel-eh) is a company that produces beauty implements (tweezers, manicure kits, nail scissors, eyelash curlers) that are made in Italy
  • They are individually handcrafted and contain no latex, chrome, nickel, or lead 
  • ArteStile uses a patented baked enamel and combines art and beauty with their creative collections
  • ArteStile is currently available online www.artestile.ca, www.artestile.com, amazon.ca, shop.ca, bestbuy.ca, and theshoppingchannel.com

I received the ArteStile Collection Hugs & Kisses Tweezers and Nail Scissors Duo* for review. Individually, the nail scissors and tweezers retail for $24.97.


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind "The Perfector" Powder via Blushpretty.com


The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind The Perfector Powder* claims "Pressed powder and smoothing primer resurface and perfect skin, while adding a touch of radiance for a younger looking skin instantly."  

First thing's first. This packaging was made with the in-the-purse, on-the-go type of girl in mind. The powder is on one side and there's a mirror and sponge conveniently placed on the other. Also, I tried the "drop test" out to see how if the powder would break, and it didn't!


Friday, October 18, 2013

CoverGirl Clean Glow Bronzer in Spices (120)




The warm weather is forever fleeting, yet I still feel the necessity to do silly things like wear Birkenstocks every single day even though it's 5C in the mornings. I also still feel the need to add warmth to my face with a bronzer, even though my summer tan is quickly fading away. 

I find the CoverGirl Clean Glow Bronzer in Spices 120 ($10.99) to be the perfect transition product. Typically I reach for my New York Color Smooth Skin Bronzer in Sunny (and I have hit pan on it), but it is a little too warm for the colder months where my skin is more fair. For now, the CoverGirl Clean Glow Bronzer is a lighter option. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

FOOD: Alla Spina Philly

I have a slight obsession with Sunday brunch. Something about stuffing yourself silly at a time that is too late for breakfast but too early for lunch. To recap, I went to Philadelphia with my boyfriend more than a month ago. Our very first day in Philly, I made an executive decision to go for brunch (because I love brunch). 

I found out about Alla Spina through a "best brunches in Philadelphia" article on a touristy website. The reviews were 4/5 ish on various review websites. Alla Spina is part of the Vetri Family of restaurants including - Amis, Osteria, and Vetri. I was curious as to how an "Italian-inspired" brunch might taste. 

In terms of location, Alla Spina Philly is about a 20 minute walk north of city centre and a 20 minute walk east of the Art Museum of Philadelphia. I don't mind walking but it was a hot day and I was kinda sweating buckets from the walk. 

I guess I'll hop right into it. Here's what we ate. 

  • testina hash poutine 
  • pig head, french fries, mozzarella curd and sunny side up eggs $14

Monday, October 14, 2013

FASHION MAGAZINE Beauty Panel: Purple is the New Black.



On the nails, purple is the new black. A dark royal purple is my go-to alternative for black polish. It's somewhat softer yet still colourful and not too over the top. I've matched it up with a complementary colour, yellow-gold nail foils.

A little "how-to" for working with nail foils: 
  1. Protect and smooth your nails with a base coat. 
  2. Apply 1-2 coats of a deep purple polish
  3. Cover the nails with a clear top coat
  4. When the top coat is 80% dry (touching your polish will leave slight fingerprints) begin dabbing nail foil over the nail bed. 
  5. Apply another layer of top coat for extra shine
Voila! The purple paired with the yellowy-gold nail foil makes for the perfect abstract nail art. 


 Products Used: Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Smooth and Strong Base Coat, Revlon Nail Art Moon Candy in "Orbit", Revlon No-Chip Top Coat, Born Pretty Store Nail Foil in #2




Saturday, October 12, 2013

Caryl Baker Notorious Beauty - SIREN - Fall 2013 via BlushPretty.com


The Caryl Baker Visage Notorious Beauty Collection is... FIERCE! What does Notorious Beauty mean? "guaranteed to give people something to talk about...Sometimes, it’s OK to have a reputation. We all want to be fun, flirty and mysterious; the kind of girl who makes an impression and gets people whispering (for the right reasons!)"

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Make Up Forever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation in No 35 Vanilla



By no means am I a foundation junkie. I hate the look of a caked up, non-natural face. I`m not a fan of BB or CC or DD creams either. They are much too oily for my oily face. So, I`m always on the lookout for a natural looking matte finish foundation. I also stay away from drugstore foundations, as I have concerns regarding certain ingredients and sensitivity issues. 

When in Philadelphia, I tested out a sample of the highly coveted Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation. How unfortunate that I fell in love with it but not its price. Subsequently, I searched the web for something similar but less expensive and the MUFE Mat Velvet + Foundation popped up on the radar as something similar. So I rushed over to Sephora to get matched and went for the colour Vanilla No. 35 - medium with yellow-beige undertones. At $36USD ($42CAD), I find it comparable to other higher end foundations. 


The packaging is pretty non-descript. It`s plastic and doesn`t look particularly cheap or expensive. It does not come with a pump but has a little squeezy nozzle which is not half bad for controlling the amount of product that comes out. 


I use a quarter-sized squeeze that is a little more than I need for my entire face (I use the excess to layer on top for extra coverage on problem areas) . The consistency of the MUFE Mat Velvet + is slightly watery but not to the point where it drips off my hand, and it dries quite quickly to the promised matte finish. There is no scent and I have not broken out in the past three weeks when using this foundation a couple days a week. 


Application: I place the product on places where I think I have issues (chin, nose, hyperpigmentation on cheeks, forehead), then I blend out with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I apply any excess product again to my chin and on my nose. I find that the product balls up a little in dry patches but it's nothing that can't be fixed by using a damp brush. 

Colour Match: The sales lady at Sephora did pretty well in matching me up with No. 35 Vanilla, however I find it a little yellowy for my skin. It also oxidizes through the day and makes my face look like it doesn't match the rest of my body. I may have to save this colour for the summer and pick up the colour No. 35 - for medium skin with beige undertones. 

Coverage: The Mat Velvet + diminishes any of my need to wear under eye concealer, yet a few of my imperfections like hyper pigmentation still show through. It's just enough coverage for everyday work or school. 

Lasting Power: This foundation is extremely matte, but it doesn't last more than 6 hours unless I set it with a powder. 


Overall, I like this foundation and I'm willing to repurchase it in a lighter colour. It's a little heavier than Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, but I find that it lasts on my skin much longer and combats my oily skin with it's mattifying properties with prowess. 

What do you look for in a foundation? What is your Holy Grail foundation? Have you tried MUFE Mat Velvet +? 


**I purchased all products mentioned with my own $$$**

Monday, October 7, 2013

September 2013 Wantable Co Makeup Box

It's no longer September, but I've got a good excuse for writing this one late. My mail goes to my mailing address in Toronto, not where I actually live (Waterloo). I received yet another Wantable subscription box through their PR, as I love the variety of brands and the level of personalization that they have for every box. 

For September 2013 Wantable Co Makeup Box*, my preferences were as follows: 
LOVE: tools
LIKE: brows, eyeliner, nail polish, eyeshadow
DISLIKE: blush, highlighter, lip colour, lash product, bronzer

Not that I dislike anything in the "dislike" section, but I wanted to try something different...and I'm always on the hunt for great new beauty tools. 


Japonesque - Angled Foundation Brush ($25)
LAQA & Co. - Nail Polish in FancyPants ($11)
Cailyn Cosmetics - LineFix Gel Eyeliner in Mermaid ($21)
Lise Watier - Ombre Souffle Supreme in Tartan Magique ($24)
Skiin - Instant Skin Tightener & Line Filler Sample ($0)

TOTAL VALUE: $81

I received 4 products and 1 sample in total. I always enjoy how Wantable slips in a sheet of paper that notes the retail value of each product to prove that there's great value in the products that they're putting in the boxes. At $81 (value) for $46, the box is a better deal than purchasing all the products individually. Plus, as a Canadian, several of these products aren't even available in store. 



Japonesque - Angled Foundation Brush ($25) - yes, yes, and yes. Though nothing will ever beat my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, this one is pretty soft. It's not the most effective for blending, but the wide side is great for large areas and the angled side is perfect for applying foundation in those hard to reach areas like under the eyes and around the nose. 


LAQA & Co. - Nail Polish in FancyPants ($11) - There's not too much info about this brand online, but they're paraben, three, and cruelty free. FancyPants is a darker nude with a slight green tone. It's opaque in one coat and dries quite quickly compared to most of my other polishes. 


Cailyn Cosmetics - LineFix Gel Eyeliner in Mermaid ($21) - I think I requested coloured eyeliner in my quiz, and that's exactly what I got. This gel eyeliner claims to be water proof and last all day... and... it does! It puts up a good fight with my Annabelle Eye Makeup Remover Lotion. The colour is a little more daring than a black and I really like the smooth consistency of the product, plus it's one of those eyeliners that comes with a travel friendly brush attached to the lid. 



Lise Watier - Ombre Souffle Supreme in Tartan Magique ($24) - I was slightly unimpressed when I saw the colour of this product. It's too similar to the eyeliner that I also got in this month's box. That being said, the formula of the Ombre Souffle Supreme's are perfection. It's quite light and moussy. However, I would prefer a green liner over a green shadow. I wish it came in sunset peach or vert enchante. 


Here's a little comparison of the liner and the cream shadow... I'm not sure how much use I'll get out of a green ombre souffle supreme. 


Skiin - Instant Skin Tightener & Line Filler Sample ($0)I have yet to try this sample, but I'll get to testing it out eventually. At least it has a little cap so I don't have to use it all at once.

Overall, I'm happy to use any of the products, but I fear the Lise Watier Ombre Souffle Supreme might get neglected. It's always nice to try new products but as I said in a previous post...a $50/month subscription box is not exactly budget-friendly... perhaps in the future when I'm rich ;)

If you're interested in a box, here's my invite link :)  https://www.wantable.com/invite/jmc7ssL1inA

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think of Wantable? 


Products received for consideration are denoted with an asterisk (*).

Saturday, October 5, 2013

FASHION MAGAZINE Beauty Panel: The Riot Girl

Spotted. The riot girl. From Rodarte to Versace, the grunge look is in for fall. So how does grunge translate into makeup and beauty? Taylor Momsen's signature thick black eyeliner all the way around the eye screams "riot girl", but with my particular eye shape, that look is much too harsh and just not for me. 


Products Used: Lise Watier Ombre Souffle Supreme Cream Eyeshadow in "Vert Enchante", Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in "Zero", theBalm Matte Eyeshadow in "Matt Batali", CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara, Caryl Baker Visage Blush in "Dial 'M' for Makeup"*, New York Color Big Bold Gloss in "Big City Blush"*, Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Foundation, Laura Mercier Universal Invisible Loose Setting Powder

Do you like the "grunge" look? 



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Products received for consideration are denoted with an asterisk (*).

Thursday, October 3, 2013

EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Blueberry Acai || a new flavour of amazing

If you've ever tried an EOS lip balm you'd know that they smell absolutely divine. They're well loved on youtube, on blogs, and even in real life. I'm a huge fan and I even have guy friends who like to use EOS because (1) the packaging is cool and (2) they smell amazing. 

The EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balms come Pomegranate Raspberry, Sweet Mint, Strawberry Sorbet, Summer Fruit, and Honeysuckle Honeydew. Since September, the EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Blueberry Acai* has been the newest flavourful addition to the line. 


In general, the EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balms are on the "harder side". If you touch the sphere, it doesn't really smush around. Despite the texture, the lip balm is still as moisturizing as ever and the hardness of the balm makes it easy to apply directly on the lips. 

The Blueberry Acai scent is noteworthy. I could just eat it up. It smells exactly like blueberry campinos, a hard candy that I loved as a child. The sentiment that this brings up makes me prefer it over the other flavours. 


The packaging is a cute little egg shaped thing. The soft recyclable plastic material reminds me a lot of NARS in that it feels similar and it collects dirt and dust easily. 

The EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Blueberry Acai is easily accessible at Shopper’s Drug Mart, Pharmaprix, Rexall, Walmart, and evolutionofsmooth.ca. At $3.99, the price point is a little high compared to its drugstore counterparts. However, unlike others, the ingredients are quite pure. EOS is paraben-free, petroleum-free, gluten-free and  USDA Organic Certified, which justifies the slight premium. 

 I am a huge believer in the EOS lip balms. The only real issue I have with this product overall is that you can't actually stick it in your pocket because of the shape, but it doesn't really bother me. I could rave on and on about the scent and the packaging and the moisture that this lip balm provides my lips. Even if you already have other scents, I'd suggest you pick Blueberry Acai up. It's a new flavour of amazing. 

What's your favourite flavour of EOS? Will you be picking this one up? 


Products received for consideration are denoted with an asterisk (*).