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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Inglot Toronto Beauty Bloggers Sneak Peek Event!

Hi, everyone- happy weekend! When I heard that Inglot was opening up a store in Toronto this Fall, I nearly blew a gasket. I'm such a huge fan of the brand, having romped around in their stores in both NYC and Montreal, so was obviously thrilled that a shop would finally be arriving in my neck of this woods. This past Thursday evening, I was lucky enough to attend the Inglot Toronto Beauty Bloggers sneak peek event, where a group of fellow bloggers and I got to peruse the wares before the store was open to the public. How fun! We swatched, chatted, and gushed all evening long and, of course, brought some Inglot goodies home with us. 

The shop, conveniently located in Yonge-Dundas Square, was set up much like the other Inglot stores I've visited. One table was completely dedicated to their Freedom System, featuring all of their face, eye, and lip products that can be inserted into customized palettes. We really went to town on that table! Other shelves and tables housed Inglot's amazing nail colours, glitters and liners, and complexion perfectors. There certainly was not a lack of goodies to play with! 

The party was made sweeter by a delectable chocolate fondue fountain with fresh fruit. A nice touch, as I certainly don't get to feast on fondue just any day. 

There were also makeup artists on-hand creating stunning, artistic looks on some lovely models. Quite inspiring! 

We were lucky enough to receive a discount at the event, so I didn't hold back when it came to my selections. Here are my final picks lined up on my magnetic board, all of which will soon find homes in corresponding custom palettes. I selected 5 eye shadows, three blushes, a contour powder, and a highlighter (more on my picks in an upcoming post!). 

The beauty bloggers in attendance also got in on the makeup artistry action. Here's my pal Jenn from A Beautiful Zen getting some fierce teal-coloured brows applied with the artist's precision touch. I have to say, she totally rocked them! 

Not only was the event fantastic because of the fun demonstration and amazing array of products, it was also an absolute pleasure to spend time with my fellow beauty bloggers and get to totally geek out together. I got to meet some familiar faces for the first time. which is always a thrill, as well as solidify my position as a true makeup nerd and enabling master to some of my more established blogging friends. An excellent time was had by all! Here's one final shot of three of the Jen(n)s in attendance- we were everywhere! 

A huge thank you to Inglot Toronto for the invite to this event. It was truly a great time and any makeup fiend's dream! 

If you're in Toronto and would like to stop by the shop (you'd be silly not to!), it's located along the south side of Yonge-Dundas Square, right next to the Hard Rock Cafe. The staff is uber sweet and helpful and I'm confident they'd make your visit a good one!

Thanks for reading! xo

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Bold Lips for a Good Cause: MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipstick!

Hi, everyone! While MAC is one of my tried and true, favourite brands, it's inevitable that I look past many of their limited edition collections, as they seem to be released every few days! But one line of products that always piques my interest are new offerings from the Viva Glam collection. For those who aren't familiar, 100% of the proceeds from all MAC Viva Glam products go to the MAC AIDS Fund, helping those with HIV/AIDS all over the world. A wonderful initiative and a cause I am always eager to support!

There have been several lipsticks released in the Viva Glam line, including the original I-VI and those associated with pop icons such as Lady Gaga, Cyndi Lauper, and Rihanna. The latest installment is the sequel from the Rihanna collection, Viva Glam Rihanna 2. This latest release includes both a lipstick and a gloss and I was so happy to bring home the lipstick with me earlier this week!

The Viva Glam Rihanna 2 products come in the most beautiful limited edition packaging. The box is embossed with a metallic red Rihanna autograph graphic and the tube- amazing! I think I literally gasped upon pulling it out of the box. It's made of a thick, firm rubber material (softer than MAC's typical lipstick packaging) in a stunning semi-translucent true red shade with black detailing.

MAC describes the shade as a "warm mauvey silver frost". Upon first glance (and first swatch), it appears to be more of a neutral, shimmery brown.

Here it is swatched lightly, then heavily, on my inner arm (MAC NC15 skin tone). The Frost finish is readily apparent, but you can see that on my arm it does look closer to a true brown:

But on the lips, the mauve tones really do come out! When applied full-on, both purple and silvery undertones come to life, which make this shade really unique!

Here I am wearing Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipstick very lightly, applied in a sheer layer over top of lip balm. When applied lightly, it really gives the most beautiful mauvey-brown glow to the lips!

And here are a few shots of me wearing Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipstick more heavily. As you can see, the shade is deep and vampy, with a frosty finish. The shade really is a tricky one to pin down, as brown, purple, and silvery tones are all at play.

To take my best hack at it, I'd describe Rihanna 2 as deep mauve-tinged brown with a cool silvery frost finish.

When I first saw swatches of the Rihanna 2 Lipstick, I feared that it would be totally un-wearable on my neutral-warm, fair complexion. The shade was undoubtedly fierce, but I was hesitant. But after trying it on in-store, I was totally hooked! It's perhaps the most unique shade in my collection and is totally spot-on for Fall! The purple/mauve undertones prevent it from totally washing me out and the frosty silver finish actually gives such a flattering glow to the lips. Though this doesn't fall under the "no-brainer-go-with-everything" umbrella (ella, ella), I can definitely see myself rocking it often throughout the Fall and Winter. And with every cent going to charity, this bold, fun lip is extra sweet!

Is this a shade that you would wear? What's you're favourite MAC Viva Glam lip colour?

Thanks for stopping by! xo

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Veracious Product Review: Boub Boub Bright Shimmer Eye Shadow Palette from Born Pretty

Hi, everyone! A little while back, I was contacted by the Born Pretty Store, inquiring if I'd like to review some of their products on the blog. I was eager to oblige, as I'd heard nothing but good things about the site's offerings. Born Pretty is an Asian-based online retailer that features beauty and lifestyle products that are ridiculously cute and extremely affordable. A combination that's right up my alley! I was able to select the products I'd like to feature, which was a fun and tough experience- so many goodies to choose from!

Today I'm reviewing my first selection from Born Pretty, the Boub Boub Bright Shimmer Eye Shadow Palette #6**. It retails for just over $6 USD and you can find it, here!

The palette comes boxed in a shiny gold package with a large logo on the front and a description in English (kind of) on the back. Taking my best crack at the translation, the Bright Shimmer Eye Shadow Palettes appear to promise shimmery, bold, long-wearing colours that can work together to create a variety of looks. 

The palette itself is made of fairly sturdy plastic and also has a reflective gold finish. 

But the main reason I selected this palette was for the gorgeous shades inside! It features 5 shimmery and glittery shadows with warm golden, copper, and olive undertones. Four of the shadows come in square-shaped pans, while the fifth is in a thin rectangular strip. I can't decipher what's different about the narrow strip of colour, but it does make for an interesting design! 

The first shot below shows the shadows fairly true to colour, while the second really highlights just how glittery these babies are! 

Here are swatches of the shades on my inner arm (MAC NC15 skin tone). As you can see, the palette features a warm yellow ivory gold, a deeper olive-toned brown, a orange-tinged copper, a neutral silver, and fiery mid-toned bronze. They are swatched here dry, without any primer- quite pigmented, especially as glitter shadows go!

You can see them below under slightly different lighting:

And here's an eye look I created with all five shades in the palette. I focused the coppery tones on  my lid, the olive brown lightly on the crease and as a liner along the upper lashes, the silver along my lower lash line, and the ivory gold as a highlight:

And in the context of an entire makeup look: 

And a full breakdown of my impressions of this shiny little palette:

  • Excellent pigmentation, especially for glitter shadows
  • Incredibly long-wearing formula
  • Flattering, wearable shades
  • Despite the glittery finish, these don't feel at all gritty or dry on the lids
  • At just over $6 USD, these are a great bargain!
  • There is a minimal amount of glitter fallout, so you will have somewhat sparkly cheeks!
  • Packaging is a bit bulky

So there you go- a review of my first-ever Born Pretty product! I definitely won't be wearing these glittery shades on a daily basis, but as glitter shadows go, these are among the best I've tried! The pigmentation is fabulous and the shades are quite wearable and flattering. The formula is long-wearing and comfortable on the lids and the fallout is quite minimal. No major complaints here, especially given the price! 

If you're interested in checking out cute goodies like this from Born Pretty, you can pop by their site, here! They have a discount code on at the moment for readers of the blog- just enter VIBH10 at the checkout to save 10% off your order. You're guaranteed to find something that makes you feel pretty! 

** This product was provided by the Born Pretty Store for review. As always, the review is authentic and completely veracious!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Look of the Day: Pink Pong

Hi, everyone! Hope you're all having a fantastic weekend! Today's Look of the Day features two lovely products that I snagged in my Most Satisfying Haul Ever- the soft, elegant Clarins Ombre Matte in Rosewood and the vibrant Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Pink Pong. I really liked the pairing of these two matte formulas- one on the subtle side, the other, much bolder. A fun contrast! 

Since the eyes and lips are primarily matte, I opted for glowy skin and luminous cheeks. I evened out my complexion with the amazing Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet in B10, topping it with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light for some extra glow. For blush, I used the fresh, rosy Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta. It's one of my all-time faves! 

On the eyes, I applied Clarins Ombre Matte in Rosewood all over the lid, focusing it on the crease and outer corner, with subtle pops of Laura Mercier Sandstone eye shadow on brow bones and inner corners of the eyes as a highlight. I finished off the eyes with my staple brown liner, Clinique Quickliner Intense in Intense Chocolate and a generous helping of Revlon Lash Potion Waterproof mascara. 

And the lips are all about Pink Pong! It's the most gorgeous matte, cool-toned fuchsia. Although it screams Summer, I plan to wear it all year long! 

The Breakdown:

Foundation: Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet B10
Concealer: BeneFit Fake-Up in Light (under eyes) and MAC Select Cover-Up NC20 (on blemishes and redness)
Powder: Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot (lightly on t-zone) and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light (all over)

Bronzer: Essence Beach Cruisers Bronzer in Life's A Beach

Highlighter: RMS Living Luminizer
Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta

Brows: Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Taupe and Tinted Brow Gel in Caramel
Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion Original Formula
Eye Shadows: Clarins Ombre Matte cream shadow in Rosewood (all over the lid, concentrated on crease and outer corner) and Laura Mercier shadow in Sandstone (as a highlight on brow bone and inner corners)

Eyeliner: Clinique Quickliner Intense for Eyes in Intense Chocolate
Mascara: Revlon Lash Potion Waterproof Mascara in Black

Lips: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Pink Pong

And a few more shots of the look:

I really had a lot of fun with this look! I'm thrilled to finally have Pink Pong in my stash and it was great to play with contrasting textures and finishes. I love makeup that combines matte and luminous elements, so it was nice to highlight that mix here!

Thanks, as always, for stopping by! xo

Friday, 12 September 2014

Veracious Product Review: Clarins Ombre Matte Eye Shadow in Rosewood

Hi, everyone! I made a bold claim a couple weeks ago, touting that this lot of goodies was my most satisfying haul ever. I stick by it! One of the products among the bunch was the lovely Clarins Ombre Matte Eye Shadow in #04 Rosewood. I'd heard raves for this unique matte cream shadow formula and after some impressive swatches in-store, I was very happy to take it home! 

The Ombre Mattes come tucked in Clarins' typical shiny red boxes that feature a full ingredient listing and a description of the product inside. They are touted as "new generation eye shadows" that offer easy application, a flawless finish, even colour, and a smoothing formula. They also promise a cream-to powder, lightweight texture and long wear. 

The shadows come in small round glass pots with reflective (fingerprint attractive, eek!) gold screw-off lids. The bottom of the pots feature the shade name and other relevant information. I find them to be elegant and compact- a very nice addition to my eye shadow drawer!

The shade I selected was #04 Rosewood, which is a difficult colour to pin down. Despite the shade name, there is no hint of rosiness to be found. Instead, in some lights it looks like a cool, greyed taupe, while in others it looks like a warmer chestnut brown. While it's a bit of a head-scratcher, I actually like that it can lean both ways, as it can be worked into both cooler and warmer looks. The finish is gorgeous luminous matte that truly feels lightweight on the skin. 

Here's a swatch of Rosewood in natural sunlight on my inner arm (MAC NC15 skin tone):

Clarins Ombre Matte Eye Shadow in Rosewood

And here's a shot of me wearing Rosewood as part of an eye look. I've applied it all over the lid, focusing on the crease and outer corner. As you can see, in this lighting it looks much cooler than in the swatch above:

Here's a full breakdown of the ups and downs of this pretty little pot of shadow:

  • Feels incredibly soft and lightweight- no hint of heaviness, greasiness, or dryness
  • Beautiful pigmentation- can leave a semi-sheer finish or be built up easily for a more opaque, smokier look
  • Rosewood is a shade that should be flattering on just about anyone! A very wearable brown
  • While this does crease somewhat (see below), it does wear well for several hours and the creasing creates a sultry, rather than a sloppy effect
  • Elegant, sturdy, compact packaging- a lovely, easy addition to any makeup storage! 
  • At $24 CAD, I actually find this to be reasonably priced for a higher-end brand such as Clarins. Also, a little goes a long way, so I can see this pot lasting forever! 
  • I find that this does crease slightly (as seen in the photo above), even on powdered lids, if an eye shadow primer is not used underneath
  • This definitely looks cooler on the lids than it does on arm swatches, so perhaps not a pick for those who prefer truly warm-toned shadows. 

So there you go! Overall, I'm very happy with this unique matte cream shadow and am definitely tempted to snag other shades from the range. Despite the mild creasing, I find the texture and finish to be quite beautiful and elegant and Rosewood is proving to be a perfect no-fuss shade for Fall! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend! xo

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

New Home Priorities: Updated Makeup Storage!

Hi, everyone! If you've been lurking around the blog lately, you'll know that I recently moved in with my boyfriend, which has been an amazing, exciting step. While some unpacked boxes still linger, the decor element I prioritized from the start was my makeup storage. Obvs. I've had lots of fun arranging my beauty bits around the condo and I thought I'd share some shots of the setup with you! 

So yes, I was picked up by the Muji-esque bandwagon. A real Muji store is opening up in Toronto soon (yay!), but in the meantime I turned to Amazon for these two clear acrylic makeup drawers. I really like them! The left drawer houses my go-to face products (foundation, powder, blush, etc.), while the left stores my eye products (shadows, liners, and mascaras). I plan to rotate the contents of the shelves (particularly the blushes and shadows) every few weeks so I can get good use out of my entire stash!  

For my makeup brushes, I found the coolest mug ever! I found the skeleton model graphic  quirky and charming and it's a perfect fit for all of my brushes. 

On the other side of the counter sits my daily skin care products as well as another plastic storage container where I've tucked my favourite palettes of the moment as well as a few other skin care bits. The container fits even my biggest palettes perfectly, which is so handy! 

Now onto the bedroom! The artwork above my dresser is still a work in progress, but the surface is fully dressed! 

On the left is my beauty tray, which I'm using to temporarily store my newest beauty bits, items received in swaps, goodies sent for review, and other cute little bobs. I've also topped it with my floral headband and adorable Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura hand mirror. 

Beside that is my new vanity tray from HomeSense, which fits my perfume collection perfectly! I love how classic and feminine it looks. 

Further down the line is my new lipstick holder, also from HomeSense. It fits 24 lippies and displays them so nicely! I've filled it with Fall-inspired shades that I'm planning to gradually transition into my on-the-go lip bag. Behind it is a MAC lipstick illustration that I purchased from Etsy years ago. I think it frames the lipstick holder wonderfully :)

Finally, we have a slim shelf that displays my favourite body care goodies as well as my entire nail polish collection! 

Like the beauty geek that I am, I've organized my nail stash by colour and I'm very happy with the result! It's nice to finally have all of my polishes in one place- hopefully it'll inspire me to paint my tips more often! 

And the final (non-makeup-related) piece de resistance is this tissue box holder. Adam found it at Value Village a couple years back and I've been treasuring this quirky little treasure ever since! 

What the heck is going on here? Please help :)

It is possibly the weirdest thing that I own and I have no idea what it's all about! I'm pretty sure the writing is Japanese... If anyone out there can translate or explain what this is all about, I'd be forever grateful! 

So there you go! A peek at my updated makeup organization and storage. It's been a pleasure setting up all of my treasures and really making this condo feel like home :)

How do you store your makeup collection?

Thanks for reading! xo