Friday, August 29, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
I'll admit it - the amount of makeup that I have is getting a little out of hand (re: #hoarderstatus). I'm a beauty blogger but there is no doubt in my mind that this is excessive. I have more makeup than space. So... before I purge and de-clutter, donate, gift, and toss some of my beauty items, I thought I'd do an inventory count (like a true accountant) of the mass that is my makeup.
Sometimes all it takes is a little inspiration. I strive to have a collection like Gummy of Gummy Vision (see here) - it's well curated and neat and I'm nowhere near that stage. What I'm going to do within the next week is do a "Makeup Graveyard" type post like Tati of Glam Life Guru (see here), though my collection is not nearly as intimidating as hers. Essentially, she dumps one type of makeup on the floor and organizes it into three piles - donate, toss, and keep.
I store my makeup in P&G #beautyunited black boxes and use old chocolate boxes as organizers within each larger box. A little overview of the collection...
What is pictured below does not include (1) to-be-reviewed items (2) beauty "essentials" that I left back in Waterloo (Fall/Winter foundations, most of my blushes, loose coloured shadows, and a few lip products).
Now, let's take a peak at each individual box...
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
When it comes to Canadian brands, Annabelle is one of my faves. There's something about the HUGE colour selection and fun, innovative products that just gets me. A couple months back, I attended the Annabelle x Shenae Grimes Launch Party, which has now inspired me to create an "every glam" look.
What is "everyday glam" supposed to mean? I kind of just made this up... ummm... think everyday makeup with hints of something fabulous. For this makeup look, I'm rocking a natural face (just concealer!) with a short-winged liner, PURPLE mascara and a bold lip.
Here's the deets...
Back to school is only a couple weeks away. Depressing, I know, but at least there's back to school shopping... for supplies... but not school supplies, nail art supplies! Back to school is the perfect time to update your look. Plus, even if you're not in school, why not start the fall off right with some brand new beauty products :)
The LOOK: A lilac base (Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish in I Lilac You) with accents of "school-related" stuff drawn with the Kiss Nail Art Paint & Stencil Kit, as well as three glitter nails (using Hard Candy Nail Polish in 799 Soda Pop).
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
TWO THINGS. (1) Without a doubt, dresses are my go-to outfit of choice. Wake up in the morning (presumably feeling like P-Diddy), slap on a dress, and run out the door. Florals are especially amazing because they make outfits look almost excessively more put together than they actually are *case in point... ME* (2) I've been going on a lot of walks in the past couple months - to clear my mind, to talk, to unwind.
This outfit combines two of the things I've been loving lately - one of my favourite floral dresses ... and my first time at Victoria Park in Kitchener, Ontario with someone special. :)
Monday, August 25, 2014
There is not a doubt in my mind that MAKE UP FOR EVER makes high quality eyeshadows and makeup products. I was a little confused when I learned that MUFE decided to re-formulate. Their shadows were already great. However, MAKE UP FOR EVER Creative and Artistic Director Dany Sanz has been working on the new Artist Shadow formula for the past three years. At a MAKE UP FOR EVER event, I received three shadows to play around with and let me tell you... they don't disappoint.
The MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow line contains a whopping 210 shades (apparently, that's the largest selection of eyeshadow shades available on the beauty market). There are 5 unique finishes - Matte, Satin, Metal, Iridescent, and Diamond (the old range had 4 finishes and did not include the "Metal" finish). The Artist Shadows are also categorized and numbered by a colour wheel - 100 Blacks/Whites, 200 Blues, 300 Greens, 400 Yellows, 500/600 Browns, 700 Oranges, and 800 Pinks.
Similar to other high end shadows, the Artist Shadows are not cheap but in the end you definitely get what you pay for. The Artist Shadows are available for purchase individually ($25), in a duo ($39) or in a trio ($50) at Sephora.ca and at MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutiques as of September 2014.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
I'm Stephanie Lau and I'm a hoarder - to some extent at least. It's only human to attach memories to things. Those two (or those 5) teddy bears that I used to sleep with and that collection of Hello Kitty key chains that I scored at McDonalds, they're hard to let go of.
It hit me when I was decluttering my room. A huge pile of stuffed animals on one of my dressers was staring me right in the face. I started going through them realizing that many had fond memories attached to them. More than anything what I truly cherish are the people who gifted them to me or how that particular Keroppi came to be a part of my collection; but not so much the item itself. For me, it's not about "things", it's about experiences.
Friday, August 22, 2014
It seems as though CoverGirl is continually launching new face products and I'm always testing something or other CoverGirl base products out (see TruBlend, Outlast 3-in-1, Whipped Clean Cream). Latest from CoverGirl is the Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation (~$7.99) and Concealer (~$5.99).
- FOUNDATION - "One simple step for a flawless, natural look that lasts all day. The formula blends easily to even skin tone and reduces shine all day - oil free, won't clog pores, suitable for sensitive skin, lasts all day."
- CONCEALER - "Get insta-gorgeous with Ready Set Gorgeous! The oil-free concealer helps cover up imperfections and dark circles instantly. The lightweight formula blends easily for all day coverage."
The packaging is a little juvenile for my tastes - pink and youthful. The foundation is housed in a plastic squeeze tube, which, believe it or not, is quite hygienic. On the other hand, perfect hygiene is not the case due to the doe foot applicator of the Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Raves upon raves upon raves for the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Nude since my first encounter over a year ago (see here). A year later, I began to test out another four neutral shades (01 Black, 02 Sparkling Black, 03 Brown & 04 Taupe) from the Rimmel Scandaleyes line and expected no less in terms of creaminess, pigmentation, and lasting power.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Ahhh...the sights and sounds of Times Square. Though it's been more than five years since I've been to New York, I still remember all the bright lights and the hustle and bustle, even in the deepest hours of the night. Today, a look inspired by the night life and lights of Times Square.
So why New York? Big news! I've been chosen as one of Canada's top beauty bloggers to participate in the #NYCBeautyPro program. That means monthly beauty looks featuring New York Color products AND reader giveaways for you. YAY! NYC is a long time budget-friendly favourite of mine... I may or may not have featured the NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer in Sunny on the blog more times than I can count on my fingers!
On to the look...