Tuesday, September 30, 2014

GOSH Giant Blush in 02 Shy and 06 Pink Parfait

NEW IN BLUSH. The GOSH Giant Blush ($18 at Shoppers Drug Mart), is a short, stubby stick of cream-to-powder blush. This isn't my first encounter with GOSH, a cosmetics company based in Denmark known for its brightly coloured mascaras and liquid eyeliners and holographic nail polishes. One of the first posts on my blog was a review of the GOSH Eye Dusts. GOSH ain't new to me and by no means do these blushes disappoint. 

Shy, Shy (blended), Pink Parfait, Pink Parfait (blended)

The GOSH Giant Blush Sticks come in 3 shades - Shy, Passion (not shown) and Pink Parfait I really love the retractable twist-up packaging of the Giant Blushes, which makes application simple. All it takes is a couple swipes of the stick on each cheek, then a little blending with the finger tips. Both blushes feel silky smooth on the skin, contain no shimmer, and set to a powder. This cream-to-powder blush is virtually foolproof. Apply too much blush and you can easily blend away; apply too little and you can always layer up the pigmentation. The blush lasts around 6 hours on my oily-combo skin. Here's a look at the two shades on my face: 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Make Up For Ever Artist Liner in M-80

Eyeliner, eyeliner, eyeliner. There's nothing quite like a beautiful eyeliner.Today on the testing block is the MUFE Artist Liner in M-80. The Make Up For Ever Artist Liners ($23 each) come in an impressive range of 15 shades with varying finishes of either Matte, Metallic, Iridescent, Diamond or Satin. M-80 is a matte dark plum. It's the perfect shade for injecting a hint of subtle colour into eye looks. 

Available Shades: M-10 (matte black), D-12 (diamond black), S-14 (satin anthracite grey), I-16 (iridescent taupe grey), S-20 (satin navy blue), I-22 (iridescent turquoise), M-24 (matte majorelle blue), I-30 (iridescent khaki), I-23 (iridescent pop green), I-34 (iridescent tree green), M-50 (matte bright brown), M-60 (matte dark brown), ME-70 (metallic bronze), M-80 (matte plum), I-90 (iridescent purple)

The packaging is a bit of a downer. It's not very different from the Stila Smudgestick Eyeliners. The pencil is twist-up (good), but it doesn't retract (bad) and there's no detachable sharpener like the MUFE Aqua Matic Shadow Pencils or self-sharpening mechanism like the Smashbox Always Sharp and the Annabelle Stay Sharp Liners. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

FALL TRENDS: Green - #NYCBeautyPro Challenge #2

"Green is the New Black" according to Fashion Magazine and as seen on the runway for the Christian Dior, Derek Lam, Narcisco Rodriguez, Ellie Saab, and Anna Sui Fall 2014 shows. I've been following along with Natalie of Ivory Avenue's renditions of Fall 2014 trends (especially her take on buns) and I thought it'd be great inspiration for a few makeup looks. 

So... GREEN. It's a versatile colour that can often be quite subdued (olives) but also bright (lime) and even deep (forest). Today, I've gone all out with all a bold green eyeshadow look. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Falling in Love with Baths and the Canadian Bath Bomb Company

I can be in and out of the shower and out the door in 10 minutes flat. I'm a shower gal through and through... or so I thought. Something about the rush to class/rush to this meeting/rush to that meeting, rush/rush/rush lifestyle requires some relaxation. There's something about lazing around in a tub of hot water that puts me so at peace...and to add to that experience... a bath bomb. 

Since four bath bombs from the Canadian Bath Bomb Company landed on my doorstep, I've actually forced myself to take a bath (instead of shower) and I haven't really looked back. I think I'll be taking one or two baths a week now that the weather's getting colder. 

The bath bombs came tightly wrapped in bubble wrap and everything was intact by the time I'd opened it (even after I dropped one on the floor). Each bath bomb is approximately the size of a tennis ball and I prefer to use one bath bomb per bath for a full aromatic experience. I received four of the many scents available on the etsy site. 

Friday, September 26, 2014


I got this wildly #YOLO idea to dye my hair purple in the most understated way possible - a business in the front, party in the back kind of hair dye job inspired by a post on the Beauty DepartmentI picked up one the Vidal Sassoon Pro Series London Luxe Deep Velvet Violet ($11.99) permanent hair dye on a trip to Target, holla'd at my friend Rui to be #yolo with me and got to dyeing (as opposed to dying).   The dye box came filled with everything we needed to dye our hair - gloves, the dye, post-dye conditioner, and instructions. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Revisiting the Annabelle Twist-Up Lipsticks in Naked, Bubble, Divine & Cherry

I typically purchase products in singles, but somehow a whole range of colours of that same product has a way of making it onto my face in someway or another (gifts, press samples, goodie bags, more purchases). One of those products is the Annabelle Twist-Up Lipsticks (others include the Rimmel Apocalips and Kohl Kajals, Broadway Nails, and Revlon Shadowlinks. Once upon a time I had made my very first Annabelle purchase and in that order came the Annabelle Twist-Up Lipstick in Bubble ($9.95) - see my original review here. The other three (Naked, Divine, and Cherry) are press samples! 

So, I'm revisiting my thoughts on the product, now in terms of consistency across different shades! From the photo below, you can probably tell which one I've had the longest :) 

Annabelle Twist-Up Lipsticks in Naked, Bubble, Divine, Cherry

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in 220 Pink Tank and Top Coat

Given that I scoff at polish brands that claim to last anything over 3 days (re: CND VINYLUX), it's always nice to see if once, just once that it actually stays true to the long-wearing claims (or at least half the time that it says it will last). It seems like every drugstore nail brand is now launching faux-gel no-light-required polishes that last up to 14 days. 

Next on the nail polish chopping block is the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in 220 Pink Tank and Top Coat ($10.95 each). The Sally Hansen website boasts four claims (1) 2 steps (2) Up to 14 Days of Colour and Shine (3) Easy Removal (4) No Light Needed. 

I tested this particular formula out in three separate instances. The first two times, I was thoroughly unimpressed. The polish chipped after less than a day. I had to be doing something wrong. You know what they say? Third time's the charm. My photos document my sixth day of wear, after which I got bored of the colour and proceeded to remove the polish from my nails. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

EVENT: #GetCured with The Cure Apothecary on Queen West

Located steps away from Queen & Bathurst, the Cure Apothecary is the newest beauty boutique on Queen West. The little store is adorned with candles and wood furnishings, filled with luxurious skincare treats and even has a little bath tub for your soap-testing pleasure! Yes, indeed, I attended a media event and made a visit to this adorable shop. 

Quo Fall 2014 Collection || Eye Palette in Nightingale and Browz Eyebrow Palette

With the exception of makeup wedges and a konjac sponge, I've never really tried anything from Quo. Quo Cosmetics is a mid-priced Shoppers Drug Mart exclusive brand that features beauty accessories and a full range of colour cosmetics. Two tidbits from the Quo Fall 2014 Collection have come into my possession - the Quo Eye Palette in Nightingale ($18) and the Quo Browz Eyebrow Palette ($12). 

First thing's first (I'm the realest), I love the compact blue packaging. Both are sturdy palettes that fit perfectly in my hand. Furthermore, they both feature a decently sized-mirror and applicators (yay for convenience!). Now onto the product... 

Monday, September 22, 2014

New at Shoppers: Amie || Naturally Kind Skincare

Cute packaging, botanical ingredients, reasonably priced and available at Shoppers Drug Mart - that's basically the gist of Amie Skincare, now available in Canada and made in the UK. The range consists of a line of 8 skincare products. I was sent half of the line to play with [Morning Clear Purifying Facial Wash ($10), Morning Dew Matte Finish Moisturiser ($12), Morning Light Hydrating Moisturiser ($12), Spring Clean Deep Cleansing Mask ($12)] and have been using them on and off for the past month and a bit. 

How cute is it when the product colour matches the packaging colour? :)