Thursday, January 29, 2015

What's On My Face #2 - Blue Brows, Lilac Lips

This is what happens on weekends. PLAYTIME. While testing out the Hard Candy 1,000 Lashes Mascara in Indigo Blue*, I thought that my blue eyes/brows would go REALLY good with a cool toned lip. Why not, ya know? 

FYI. Coloured eyebrows are on trend. I'm taking a page out of Jenn of a Beautiful Zen's book. See Badgley Mischka SS15

eyes and face // pretty much the same as What's on My Face #1 (subtle full face makeup) 

On top of my regular makeup, I added a few very subtle hints of colour. I ran several coats of a blue mascara through my lashes and brows to build colour. On the lips, I applied a baby pink lip gloss and then patted a baby blue lip gloss to create a matte light purple. 

Blue brows and lilac lips aren't really appropriate for the workplace but a nice detour from the neutral blahs.

Have you ever experimented with coloured brows? ... or Would you? 

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Revisiting the New York Color Expert Last Lipsticks

Previously reviewed was the New York Color Expert Last Lipstick ($1.99) in Purple Crush. There Expert Last Lipstick line includes 20 shades in the line, so here's a brief overview of three more - 442 Berry Me, 432 Red Rapture, and 444 Chocolate Chip

The New York Color Expert Last Lipsticks claim to be moisturizing, comfortable and long wearing up to 6 hours. 

The Good: There's no doubt that these are pretty colours - they're slightly shiny, not fully opaque and two layers is required for the level that I've swatched them on my lips (see below). Initially, with Purple crush, I had thought them to be one-coat-wonders, but I find that these shades need a bit more product for richer colour. They are comfortable on the lips and to wear up to 4 hours 

The Bad: Due to the sheeny finish, these are not particularly long-wearing. After four hours on the lips, they start to make my lips feel dry and the colour becomes patchy, rather than wearing off evenly. Also, they have a prominent sweet vanilla scent smell of which I am not particularly a fan 

442 Berry Me (pink-purple berry), 432 Red Rapture (classic red), 444 Chocolate Chip (brown-red) 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Almay Smart Shade Skintone Matching Makeup in 200 Light/Medium

This foundation review has been a long time coming. I wanted to test out the true "skintone matching" abilities of the Almay Smart Shade Skintone Matching Makeup in 200 Light/Medium ($16.99) in multiple seasons (mainly winter and summer). 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Revisiting the CoverGirl Lipslicks Smooches Lip Balms in #TextMe, #Smooch, #BeSweet & #SweetTweet

Now that I've got my hands on a few more of the CoverGirl Lipslicks Smoochies Lip Balms (~$4) , it's only fair that I give the other shades a mention, as their a bit different from the last two I've tried. See the original reviews of #Smooch and #Sweet Tweet from way back when (2013). 

Pictured above are 220 #Text Me, 265 #Smooch, 260 #Be Sweet and 255 #Sweet Tweet. These are 4 of 12 shades in the range. The others are CU L8R, 2 CUTE, LUV U, TRU LUV, ONLY U, LUV BUG, and B4N. My thoughts on the names and packaging haven't changed. In an attempt to be young and hip, CoverGirl just ends up sounding a little ridiculous. 

Guerlain La Lacque Couleur in 368 Baby Rose

With the entrance of nail art (studs, ombre rainbows, and cartoon characters), the French manicure is quickly being phased out of nail routines. But if you're not into the nail art craze and like to keep it simple, Guerlain just launched the it's La Lacque Couleur in 368 Baby Rose ($27) with its Spring 2015 Colour Collection Les Tendres 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Guerlain Les Tendres Spring Colour Collection 2015

The past few days on the blog has been in the lap of luxury. Guerlain's Les Tendres Spring Colour Collection 2015 arrives in Guerlain Boutiques & Institus and Guerlain counters as of January 15th, 2015 and is truly a sight to be seen. The collection looks to fight against the winter blahs with radiance and glow. 

Below are the items in the collection, as well as links to reviews for 5 of the 6 products. 

foundation // Meteorites Baby Glow - light revealing sheer makeup anti-fatigue effect // 2 Light, 3 Medium and 4 Golden ($60)
powder // Meteorites Compact - light revealing powder // Mythic ($71)
nails // La Lacque Couleur - long lasting colour and shine // 368 Baby Rose ($29)
mascara // Cils D'enfer - volume creating and curl sculpting // 04 Marine ($34) 
eyeshadow (not reviewed) // Ecrin 4 Couleurs - colours temptation long lasting eyeshadows // 504 Les Pricieux ($69)
blush // Meteorites Perles de Blush // Angelic Radiance ($58) 

Will you be picking anything up from Guerlain's Spring Colour Collection 2015? 

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Guerlain Meteorites Perles De Blush in Angelic Radiance

The Guerlain Perles De Blush in Angelic Radiance ($58) is almost too pretty to use. I think I've fallen in love with the vintage cardboard packaging. It's not as heavy or luxe as that of the Guerlain Meteorite Compact but it's equally as beautiful and isn't as prone to getting finger prints all over it. 

Blended // champagne, petal rose, fuchsia 

The Guerlain Meteorites Perles de Blush in Angelic Radiance contains 3 colours of mini-pearls: 
  • iridescent champagne to highlight
  • a hint of petal rose to refresh 
  • fuchsia to revive the cheeks 
Blending the three coloured pearls together with blush brush results in a soft pink glow. There is some subtle shimmer that is unnoticeable when applied. I prefer not to use the provided powder puff, as it covers too large of a surface area on my face. The product is seemingly powdery in the packaging but blends smoothly onto the skin. 

Similar to some of my favourite blushes, the Guerlain Meteorites Perles De Blush in Angelic Radiance gives an in from the coldI'm wearing blush but it looks sort of natural  kind of rosy glow that works well on all kinds of people. While I don't think that the colour is unique, the glow of the pearls adds a little something special that makes this product a nice-to-have

What do you think of the Guerlain Meteorites Perles De Blush? 

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Guerlain Cils D'enfer Volume Creating Curl Sculpting Mascara

Well,  here's something unique. It's a mascara that appears black but has a subtle blue shine. It is the Guerlain Cils D'enfer Volume Creating Curl Sculpting Mascara in 04 Marine ($34) which is part of Guerlain's Spring Colour Collection 2015 (available in Guerlain Boutiques & Instituts and Guerlain counters as of January 15th, 2015). 

The Cils D'enfer Volume Creating Curl Sculpting Mascara that was previously available in Noir (black), Violet (purple) and Moka (brown) is now available in Marine (blue). The Cils D'enfer Volume Creating Curl Sculpting Mascara is meant to dress up, intensify and enhance the eyes...ensures breathtaking volume, curl and hold. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Revlon Gel Envy Nail Enamel in 500 Ace of Spades

I think I have a new favourite faux-gel nail polish (others include the Sally Hansen and CND Vinylux versions). Lately I've been loving the Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel in 500 Ace of Spades ($7.99). It's a dark slate blue with an almost unnoticeable hint of sparkle. 

I'm not typically a wearer of dark nail polish but the added shine from the Revlon Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat makes the polish incredibly glossy (and who doesn't love a glossy polish). It applies flawlessly - slightly thicker than the Sally Hansen Miracle Gels but with less drying time. Revlon claims this polish lasts up to 11 days without chipping. Indeed, 'tis true. Not that I'd ever wear my polish for that long, but if I get lazy I can count on this polish to continue to look flawless without a worry. 

Also, it's super easy to remove. No need for acetone soaks, my regular old non-acetone nail polish remover from Quo on a cotton pad is all that's needed. 

All in all, Ace of Spades is an amazing fall polish - deep, dark and mysterious with a little shimmer. For some added awesomeness, I like to place a few simple studs from the Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Set. There's 30 other shades in the Gel Envy Nail Enamel range and I can't wait to check out more colours. 

Have you tried the Revlon Gel Envy Nail Enamels? 

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Sally Hansen x Stella McCartney Autumn 2015 Nail Art

On the hunt for simple yet work-appropriate nail art, I've turned to the runway for mani ideas that are neutral with a pop of something special. Inspired by the designs of Stella McCartney, Sally Hansen's Global Color Ambassador Madeline Poole created three exclusive nail looks inspired by the New York presentation. 

The original design by Madeline Poole is a three tiered metallic half moon mani with 4 simple steps. (1) a white base (2) gold on 1/3 of the nail (3) black atop 2/3 of the gold (4) silver atop 1/2 the black. I'm too lazy to perfect curves on my nails, so I opted for straight lines across the nail. Obviously, Madeline Poole used Sally Hansen polishes. I stuck with the polishes I had on hand. 

Photo courtesy of Sally Hansen

Products Used by Madeline Poole: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Let It Snow, Gilty Party, Pat on the Black and Diamond Jubilee
Products Used by Me: Essie First Base, Rimmel 60 Seconds in Hot White Love, CoverGirl Nail Polish in Golden Opportunity* and Show Stopper*, New York Color Nail Polish in Black Cream Lace*, Revlon Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat* 

Overall, I'm loving the simplicity with a touch of neutral, metallic glimmer. If you've got a fave work-appropriate nail art idea, a link/tutorial would be much appreciated! 

Do you wear nail art to work/school? 

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