Tuesday, March 31, 2015

HAIR: Irresistible Me Sapphire 8-in-1 Complete Curling Wand

8 interchangeable attachments and a gazillion ways to style your hair. Such is beauty of the Irresistible Me Sapphire 8-in-1 Complete Curling Wand ($199 with free shipping). Straight-haired gals want curly hair and curly-haired gals want straight hair. As a straight-haired girl, there's nothing quite like a curling wand. 

Irresistible Me is a web store that specializes in clip-in extensions, full lace wigs and hair accessories. There's also two styling tools for sale - a straightening iron and the Sapphire Complete Curling Wand. When offered the option to try anything from the store, I skipped all the wigs (I already have enough hair for 2 and a half people) and went straight to the curling wand. 

LEFT - Loose waves with 32 MM Barrel // RIGHT - Unruly curls with the Pearl Barrel 

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Glitter Accent Nail

IMO, accent nails are the easiest way to add glitter without going overboard. I love wearing all glitter everything everywhere but it's  not the most business professional. So, I stick with a neutral on 8 of my fingers and wear glitter on my two ring fingers - so I only seem 1/5 as glitter crazy. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

If I had violet eyes...

I appreciate the way my eyes look naturally, but wouldn't it be fun to have VIOLET eyes? That's where coloured contacts come in. They're kind of like makeup - non-permanent but can alter your appearance drastically. Shown here are Pastel Noodles Neo Vision Madonna Violet prescription lenses ($15.70). Pastel Noodles sells a wide range of coloured contacts and circle lenses with or without prescriptions out of South Korea. Buyer beware, these are not approved by the USFDA but the KFDA. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Mary Kay Eyeliners in Black, Deep Brown & Steely

I love a good eyeliner and I'll be straight up and say that Mary Kay's best selling Eyeliner ($16) is pretty darn good. 

 Mary Kay Eyeliners in Black, Deep Brown and Steely 

Mary Kay Eyeliners in Deep Brown, Steely and Black

The liner is thin and kinda cute. There's even a little detachable sharpener inside the lid. As for the liner itself, the claims are (1) rich colour (2) 8+ hour wear (3) intense shades (4) fragrance-free and suitable for contact lens wearers and sensitive eyes. All true. Other than that, the liners are creamy, blendable, and set quickly. It's totally smudge-proof, water-proof - good if you like to watch sad Korean dramas and the like. 

Not much to say other than the fact that I'm impressed. It's a little pricey compared to eyeliners at the drugstore but it's worth it for a mid-priced eyeliner. 

Have you tried the Mary Kay Eyeliners? 

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lancome Hypnose Custom Volume Mascara

Iconic high-end mascaras always pique my interest. What makes a 3-month-lifetime product worth $30+? That's $10/month, nearly half my phone bill! I won the Lancome Hypnose Custom Volume Mascara ($31.50) from a giveaway run by Stephanie of theFantasia

The wand is pretty standard - straight, with natural bristles. Per the Sephora website, the claims of the Lancome Hypnose Custome Volume Mascara are simple. Buildable volume withought smearing, smudging or clumping. 

attractively curved mascara tube 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lip Gloss in 972 Plum Diva & 967 Skyfall // Spring 2015

HURAH! Blue and purple lip glosses are now available at drugstore prices! I can finally get my fierce on.  Recently launched are the Hard Candy Fierce Effects Argan Oil Lip Glosses ($4.98, exclusively at Walmart). Available in 8 intense shades and 4 sheer shades, the Fierce Effects Lip Glosses are quite a daring pop of colour. 

Pictured above are 972 Plum Diva and 967 Skyfall, both intense shades. In addition to the dark plum and baby blue, there's an orange, black and red that are both unique and eye-catching. Even if crazy colour isn't your thing there's also 962 Nude Plunge and 963 Make Blush. 

Both colours require a couple coats over the lips for full opacity. The glosses are enriched with citrus and argan oils, making the product hydrating and a bit slippy/sticky. Both colours will easily get on your teeth, so be careful! Lasting power is so-so at 2-3 hours. Plum Diva leaves a nice stain after it wears away, while Skyfall fully wears off (all over you're face if you haven't been good at checking in the mirror often).

Monday, March 23, 2015

NYC Strip Me Off Base Coat

Glitter polish is a pain to remove. So a peel-off base coat seems like a solid solution, right? A while ago, OPI had released Glitter Off, a Natural Nail Base Coat, which seemed pretty cool but ain't no way am I going to ever pay $9 for something that resembles Elmer's Glue. 

This year, NYC launched it's Strip Me Off Base Coat ($1.99) in Canada. The price is a lot more reasonable. Regardless of price, I wanted to see if the product was a good alternative for the mess that is scrubbing my nail beds until they fall off. I only have one want - I want my polish to come off as soon as I will it so but no sooner than that. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

EVENT: Estee Lauder Spring/Summer 2015 Preview

Last Thursday, I spent a little time hanging out at the Estee Lauder Corporate Office in downtown Toronto. There, I learned about what's new for Spring and Summer 2015. I also picked up on some tips and tricks known as "3 Minute Beauty" - perfect brows, the best eye makeup application for your eye shape, sky high cheekbones, and more. They're little beauty tidbits that can be achieved in 3 minutes or less. More on this in future posts ;) 

Here's a few things that happened at the Estee Lauder HQ: 

1. Hung out with Canada's #1 Repair Serum

Photo creds to Jenn of A Beautiful Zen

2. Swatched shades of the Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipsticks

L to R - Blossom Bright, Passionate, Suggestive and Heavenly ($34 each)
Swatching creds to Jenn of A Beautiful Zen

Match your tips and lips with Pure Color Envy Polishes ($25 each)

3. Dreamed about Summer 

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee ($32.50, limited edition)

4. Took a trip to the 60s with the Courreges x Estee Lauder collab collection and the Lisa Perry GWP 

Estes Lauder Courreges Lip and Cheek Ball ($29)

Estee Lauder Courreges ($36)

5. Got excited about Asia-exclusive products being available in Canada

Estee Lauder Crescent White and Nutritious Vitality8

6. More Swatching

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Eye Pencils ($26 each)

7. Made myself smell like flowers

Estee Lauder Pleasures Florals ($72/50mL)

Aerin Rose de Grasse ($205/50mL)

All in all, there's a lot to be excited about. What's piquing your interest from Estee Lauder? 

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Friday, March 20, 2015

NEW THINGS: CoverGirl & Olay 2015 Launches + GIVEAWAY

P&G Beauty has recently come out with a slew of new products. Here's three new things that I've been trying (and loving). 

// Olay Regenerist Luminous Overnight Mask Gel Moisturizer ($32.99)
As of late, overnight masks have been all the rage. It's 100% easier than wash off masks because it contains all sorts of fun extracts that get work done while you sleep. The water-based gel formula is quite light in texture. It sits on the skin for ~20 minutes before the slimy mask texture dissipates. So, you don't actually have to use this as an overnight mask if you've got 20 minutes to spare. I haven't been using this long enough to see the look of dark spots disappear but the mask leaves my skin feeling plump, hydrated, and refreshed. 

// Olay Fresh Effects {Spot Zinger} 2-in-1 Salicylic Acne Spot Treatment ($12.99)
Since I began #nomakeupmarch, I've been turning to a topical acne spot treatment instead of concealer. It's thanks to the {Spot Zinger} that I've avoided picking at my skin. Formulated with 2% Salicylic acid, the Olay claims that this stuff improves the look of blemishes in just 10 minutes. Maybe not 10 minutes for me but I put this on before bed and when I wake up in the morning, the vast majority of a potentially bad situation has cleared up. BONUS: It's got citrus and mint, so it's the only acne treatment that I've ever used that smells good. 

// CoverGirl Colorlicious Lipstick in 300 Garnet Flame ($8.49)
The reformulated and repackaged version of the CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipsticks. CoverGirl has released new shades and has also split them up into four easy-to-navigate colour families - nudes, pinks, reds, and plums. "New and improved" really doesn't apply here - these look, feel, and smell the same as the Lip Perfection Lipsticks. They're still good. The colour is rich and pigmented in one layer, the product doesn't bleed and lasts on me for up to 5 hours. Garnet Flame is a pink-leaning red. 

HERE'S THE GIVEAWAY PART. To win my P&G faves, follow me on Instagram @stephh_lau, find the first photo in this post and give it a like. For an extra entry, tag a friend or regram the photo! Open to residents of Canada only. Ends March 30, 2015. Best of luck! 

Have you tried any new things from CoverGirl or Olay? 

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella & Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien - Sephora Birthday Gift 2015

Is it just me or does Sephora keep stepping up it's birthday gift for beauty insiders year after year? As far back as I can remember thus far it's been Philosophy, Fresh, Benefit, Make Up For Ever and now NARS. I picked up the Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift for 2015 two weeks before my birthday in-store. To my excitement, the gift included minis of the the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella and the NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien

The full-size of both lip pencils retails for $26. The minis are only 0.02 oz. less than their full-size counterparts. This means that these little guys retail for ~$17, which is pretty amazing considering they're free. They're also a suitably universal set neutral and a bold colour, wearable for pretty much anybody. Pencil lip products are super handy for on-the-go. The big fat caveat with this one is that it doesn't twist up, so make sure you have a sharpener handy.

On to the colours...