Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Liquid 24H, Stick Foundation and Cushion

In 1997, Lancome released the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation. Then, it guaranteed 14 hour hold. Twenty years later in 2017, the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation has been updated - a new frosted glass bottle, 40 shades and 24 hour wear. 

In addition to the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Liquid Foundation ($55 CAD), the Teint Idole family includes the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Stick Foundation ($53 CAD) and the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Cushion Foundation ($55 CAD). Each is a little different in terms of finish, shade range, longevity and SPF. In case you weren't aware, there's a serious foundation junkie over here *points at self*, so I was above and beyond excited to put all three to the test. 



Friday, February 24, 2017

Quo Cosmetics 2017 New in Beauty

Quo Cosmetics, Shoppers Drug Mart's in-house beauty brand just launched 9 new products for 2017. I've put them all to the test, so let's dive right in! 

Quo Cosmetics Beauty Launches 2017

Quo Cosmetics Concealer Palette and Matte Revolution Foundation 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick in Caviar + Makeup Look

Easy. Black. Lipstick. I didn't think that I'd see those three words together... but the time has come. The MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick in Caviar ($21 CAD) is a pure black liquid lipstick shade. The emo teenage me is jumping for joy. It's certainly not everyone's cup of tea but this particular lipstick shade has the mystical, magical ability to make anyone look like the biggest badass on earth. 



I say that the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick in Caviar is easy because it has all of the very paramount qualities of an excellent liquid lipstick. Firstly, the pointed doe-foot applicator is precise enough that you can achieve a relatively crisp lip line. Optionally, you could use a lip brush but who has time for that? Secondly, the formulation is very opaque. One swipe more or less is all that's needed - lip liner optional. Thirdly, the liquid lipstick glides smoothly onto the lips and dries down in no time at all. Also, after dry down, the lipstick is completely transfer-proof and kiss-proof (unless, of course, you're eating French fries for breakfast, lunch and dinner). Lastly, it's not the least comfortable liquid lipstick that I've worn. No, it doesn't moisturize my lips, but it doesn't dry them out either. 



All in all, the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick in Caviar is the queen of black lipsticks because all others (or at least the one's that I've tried) pale in comparison. While I don't think I'll be wearing it daily, the colour is unique and the formulation works well for me. 

 

When your friends have reading week but you've gotta work 

Products Used: 
MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Caviar*
Dermablend Liquid Foundation in Camel
Kat Von D Eyeshadow in Thunderstruck
Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion in 01*
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Marc Jacobs O Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara*
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder in Natural Brunettes

Do you have a favourite matte black lipstick? 

Press samples denoted with an asterisk (*). Sidenote - I have no idea which collection this is from nor could I find info on the launch date, though it was on Trendmood...so perhaps soon? 

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

MAKE UP FOR EVER Star Lit Powder in #15 and Liquid in #4

Glitter. Shine. Shimmer. I want it all and MAKE UP FOR EVER is serving it all up with their new Star Lit Powder ($25 CAD) and Star Lit Liquid ($30 CAD). 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Think Dirty Limited Edition Valentine's Curated Beauty Box

Valentine's Day might be over, but you can still Think Dirty ;)


What is Think Dirty? Think Dirty is an app that helps consumers to make clean beauty choices. The main functionality of the app is a barcode scanner and product database. The database includes over 600,000 products, each rated on a scale from 1 to 10 based on the carcinogenity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, allergenicity and immunotoxicity of the ingredients (0 being clean, 10 being high toxicity). If a product is rated 10, the app recommends products with better ratings.

The Think Dirty Curated Beauty Box ($95 USD) is a partnership with rated clean 0-3 beauty companies. The box includes 8 hand-picked products and is said to have a $180+ USD value. Beauty boxes are always a point of excitement for me, and clean beauty alternatives interest me (though I can say that most of my collection would probably be have a "bad" rating). 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Serum & Moisturizer

Early this year, Clarins released four products infused with organic Leaf of Life extract. The Leaf of Life is a kalanchoe succulent native to Madagascar that holds water in conditions of drought and environmental stress. The leaf of life is also known for its medicinal properties to treat shortness of breath, kidney failure, menstrual cramps, bronchitis and asthma. 


In skincare application, Clarins says that the leaf of life activates self-hydration of the skin. The Hydra-Essentiel range includes 3 moisturizers for 3 skin types - the Silky Cream (normal to dry skin), Cooling Gel (oily/combo skin) and Very Rich Cream (very dry skin) - and 1 serum - the Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum. All four products are meant to protect the skin against environmental stressors like pollution, sweat, dry air, humid air, sudden changes in temperature, etc. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation in 366C Buff Bisque

Let me start by saying that this is my FAVOURITE drugstore foundation of the moment. Here's why...

The Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation ($7.99 CAD) promises flashback-free and flawless photographs in all lighting conditions. And the brand has got some research to back it up. The foundation was tested with 700 selfies in 7 different lighting conditions - clear blue skies, outdoors PM, indoors PM, electronic flash, fluorescent light, bathroom light and night club light. I tested the foundation in different sorts of lighting and the product is true to the claims made by the brand. 
 

Sidenote: if there's one thing to dislike about the product... it's the applicator/bottle. What in the world is this paddle applicator? It's not very hygienic or convenient. Pumps > Paddles, all day every day. I typically apply the foundation onto the back of my hand, then go in with a beauty blender or brush to prevent contaminating the product in the bottle. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Mary Kay Light, Reinvented Collection Nail Lacquers | Spring 2017

Funny story - it rained and then froze over today and I basically slid home from work. The end. So, I'm not feeling as though I'm in the brightest of Springtime moods. Spring has not yet sprung in real life but apparently in the world of beauty it has. New from Mary Kay is their Light, Reinvented Collection, which features bright, fresh colours for Spring and Summer. 

Mary Kay's seasonal collections typically feature a myriad of pretty polishes. This season, they've released four new Nail Lacquers - Brilliant Violet, Luminous Mauve, Vivid Sunburst and New Blue ($10 each). 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Wet N Wild Catsuit Matte Lipsticks in Rebel Rose, Pink Really Hard and Video Vixen

The most affordable liquid lipstick yet. Oh and they're vegan, fragrance free, gluten free and cruelty free too. The Wet N Wild Catsuit Matte Lipsticks ($6.99 CAD) are now available in Canada at select food, drug and mass retailers, wetnwildbeauty.com and well.ca. 


Wet N Wild says their new liquid lipsticks are weightless, glide on like a gloss and dry down to an ultra-matte finish that hugs every contour, provides intense pigmentation without drying the lips and contains macadamia derivative to provide moisture and Vitamin E to improve the appearance of texture.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Lancome La Palette La Rose | Absolutely Rose Spring 2017 Collection

Ever since Lisa Eldridge took the wheel as Lancome's creative director, I've been jumping for joy at each and every new launch. Both Lisa and Lancome give me effortless-chic vibes that I want all over my face. This Spring 2017, Lancome has released its Absolutely Rose collection featuring the Parisian Lips Le Stylo (ombre lip pencils), La Rose a Poudrer (rose-shaped illuminator), new shades of the Grandiose Liner, Juicy Shakers and Grandiose Mascara, and today's feature - La Palette La Rose ($75 CAD). La Palette La Rose is a palette of fresh pops of pastels and soft floral shades. 



The packaging is pink, chic, sleek and comes with both a mirror and a dual-ended brush for application on-the-go. The palette has a smart metal cover that separates eyeshadows from lipsticks and prevents any powder fallout from gunking up the lip products. The palette itself features six eyeshadows, a lip gloss and two velvet finish lipsticks. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Real Techniques Miracle Sculpting and Miracle Mini Eraser Sponges

My complexion application tool of choice is by way of sponge. I've tried a few in my time - the original Beauty Blender, the Real Techniques Complexion Sponge, and a few no-name $3-5 ones. This past year, Real Techniques has launched two new sponges - the Real Techniques Miracle Sculpting Sponge ($10.49 each)and the Miracle Mini Eraser Sponges ($10.49 for two). 


In general, these sponges feel stiffer and more tightly packed than the Miracle Complexion Sponge and the Beauty Blender. Both sponges can be used with cream, powder or liquid products and should be replaced at least every 3 months (I'm guilty of keeping mine for 6 months...). 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Bite Beauty #TheLipPencil in 022 and 044

Bite Beauty - a brand that has almost exclusively lip products - has finally released a lip pencil. It's the Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil ($20 CAD) to be exact. The Lip Pencil is available in 22 shades, inspired by the natural tones of the lips. 



Monday, February 6, 2017

VIDEO: Black Heart Nail Art | Minute Manicure

February is the month of luuuuurve, so in celebration I've put together a little video nail art tutorial on how to achieve a subtle yet festive black heart nail art design. 



Friday, February 3, 2017

Chorus Supernatural POLISH, CLEANSE, & CLARIFY

Chorus Supernatural is a B.C.-based Canadian brand that features skincare made with the "Chorus Super Four" - botanical extracts, pure essential oils, plant-derived cosmeceuticals and plant/vegetable oils. All ingredients included in their products are listed as safe on the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. Their product range includes skincare for all skin types, as well as hair care and body care. 

Since last year, I've been test driving three of their skincare products catered towards oily skin - the POLISH, CLEANSE, and the CLARIFY. 


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free All-in-1 Foundation in Light Medium

The North American cushion foundation trend is so 2016. But because I've had luck with Korean cushion foundations (minus my inability to find a good shade), I'm always down to try a cushion foundation. The Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free All-In-One ABC Cushion Foundation ($20.49) claims to have it all - the benefits of an alphabet cream (Airbrushing, Blurring, Correcting) in a weightless formula that smoothes, firms, blurs fine lines and pores, brightens and leaves the skin with a luminous finish. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

MAC Kabuki Magic Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Fallen Angel

The MAC Kabuki Magic Collection is one of three limited edition releases in collaboration with industry leaders with innovative and iconic styles. Kabuki Magic is a makeup artist who has worked in several feature films and has a celebrity client list that includes Uma Thurman, Elle Fanning, Amber Heard, Naomi Watts, ChloĆ« Grace Moretz, etc. Google his work and you won't be disappointed.