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Monday, 20 October 2014

Look of the Day: Immodest, Exposed

At the risk of promoting an oxymoron, Happy Monday, everyone! If there are two things I go gaga for, it's lipstick and sales. The star product of today's Look of the Day comes from a happy marriage of these two delights. As I've mentioned previously, Illamasqua is set to leave North American shelves quite soon, and for the past two months has been offered at a discount at all Hudson's Bay locations. On my last stop at the counter, the whole lot (at least the scarce selection of shades remaining) was 50% off. I couldn't help but pick up a few goodies, one of which is the cheery pink lipstick featured below.

Illamasqua Matte Finish Lipstick in Immodest is perhaps the most Barbie-like shade in my stash. It's vivid, cool-toned, and princess-like to the extent where it's almost not wearable (unless I was hoping to parade around as Ms. Barbie herself), but I've done my best to make it work because I'm always up for the challenge of taming a wild lipstick. 

To complement the vibrant pink lip, I opted for matte, muted shades of plum on the eyes. I turned to the master of such tones, the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. I started by applying Limit (a matte dusty rose) all over the lid, blending up to the crease and created some shape by sweeping Nooner (a mid-tone dusky plum) along my socket line. In place of traditional eyeliner, I smudged some of Darkside eye shadow (a deep, blackened purple) along my upper lash line. 

For the cheeks, I opted for as neutral a shade as I could find. The first time I wore Immodest, I paired it with the similarly hued NARS Mata Hari blush, which actually looked a bit costume-like. One can only handle so much cotton candy colour on their face at once! To remedy this, I reached for Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed this time around. Its subtle plummy hues complemented both eyes and cheeks nicely, rather than trying to match or compete with Immodest. The result- a much more wearable look!

The Breakdown:

Foundation: Shu Uemura The Lightbulb Fluid Foundation #774
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)

Contour: Inglot HD Sculpting Powder #504

Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed

Brows: Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Taupe and Tinted Brow Gel in Caramel
Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion Original Formula
Eye Shadows: (From the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette): Limit (all over lid, blended up to the crease), Nooner (on the crease), Darkside (smudged into upper lash line, as a liner), and a mix of Strange and Dust (on inner corners and brow bones as a highlight)

Mascara: Revlon Lash Potion Waterproof in Black

Lips: Illamasqua Matte Finish Lipstick in Immodest

And a few more shots of the look:

Overall, I think I did a decent job at wearing Immodest without traversing into fairy princess territory. It really is a fabulous shade and I'm so happy I could make it work! As with most matte lip offerings from Illamasqua, this can look a bit chalky on the lips, but nothing a touch of lip balm won't fix. Although this isn't a typical Fall-like lipstick, I think it's an ultra fun complement to the plummy tones of shadow and blush that are so appropriate for the season. And really, who doesn't want to be a little Immodest once in a while?

Thanks for stopping by! xo

Saturday, 18 October 2014

The Soothing Deep Cleanse

Yesterday was one of those days when I got home and needed to wash my face that very minute. This rarely happens, as I usually tempt fate and remove my makeup in the final seconds before my head hits the pillow, but yesterday my skin was crying for freshness. And quick. Earlier in the day, I'd tested some blush and concealer at Sephora and later on I'd touched up my base with some mineral powder. By the time I got home, my face was feeling cakey, greasy, and smothered. I knew I needed a deep cleanse, yet didn't feel like totally stripping my skin. I turned to an arsenal of products that leave me feeling both purified and soothed. One of my favourite skin care recipes! 

I started with my new favourite makeup remover, The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter. It feels incredibly rich and luxurious, has a light, pleasant smell, removes makeup completely, and has never broken out or irritated my skin. It's a true beauty- and at an affordable price! I completed my double cleanse with the Kiehl's Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash, which has totally restored my faith in foaming face washes. Despite the lather, this does not dry out the skin. Instead, it leaves things feeling completely fresh and balanced. Plus it smells amazing! 

With all traces of cleanser and makeup removed, I turned to the incredible Omorovicza Deep Cleansing  Mask. It's most definitely a luxury product (with a hefty price tag to match), but I've found it to be totally worth the splurge. It feels beautifully cooling on the skin, while making no mistake to extract every last trace of gunk in your pores. Upon rinsing, skin feels thoroughly cleansed, but also calm and balanced. No hints of dryness or irritation in sight! Definitely a rarity among clay-based masks.

To round things off, I opted to add some light touches of moisture back into my skin. I reached for Pai's Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, which not only hydrates, but also heals, firms, and repairs damage on the skin. A true multitasker and with the most lovely rich, herbal scent! Lastly, I treated my peekers to the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye cream, which adds a perfect amount of moisture without any hint of greasiness and heaviness.

And there you have it! After this ritual, my complexion was left completely purified, calmed, and hydrated. Not only did it remove the grime created by one too many makeup layers, the soothing textures and scents worked perfectly to calm my frazzled mind and let me slip into a much needed evening relaxation mode. My skin and my soul were greatly appreciative! 

What skin care products do you reach for when you need a deep clean? or some soothing relaxation?

Have an amazing weekend! xo

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Sephora VIB Sale Wishlist

Loyal beauty junkies know that early November marks a thrilling and fevered time of year, the annual Sephora VIB Sale. During this time, all VIBs are offered 20% off the entire store, which is terribly difficult to pass up. In light of this impending fiesta, I've put together a sizeable wishlist that reflects just how many amazing offerings can be found at Sephora at the moment (as well as the vastness of my insatiable beauty cravings ;)):

NudeStix Lip + Cheek Pencils and Magnetic Eye Colours
I've heard great things about this new beauty brand- who doesn't love soft, pigmented formulas in handy pencil packaging?! Super interested to try both of these products! 

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick
As a lipstick fiend, it's a travesty that I haven't tried these babies yet. Bold, saturated colour with food-grade ingredients- come to mama. 

YSL Fusion Ink Foundation
I sampled this a while back and was so impressed! Truly lightweight formula with excellent coverage and long wear. My oily skin loved it. 

NARS Audacious Lipsticks
I've swatched these in-store and the texture and pigmentation are incredible. I've been especially tempted by Grace, a vibrant warm coral pink.

Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con Night Owl Palette
We all know I'm obsessed with my Marc Jacobs The Siren palette, and this new option for Fall looks equally as mesmerizing. Full of beautiful warm, smokey tones. 

Josie Maran Winter Dreams Argan Colour Collection
I'm a huge fan of the Coconut Watercolour Eye Shadows, so am super eager to try more makeup from this brand. This kit features a little bit of everything!

Bumble & Bumble Bb Texture Hair Undressing Creme
I recently finished a sample tube of this and I found it to be the perfect product for adding mess and volume to my wavy hair. One of the best styling products I've tried! 

Too Faced Melted Kisses Set
I've also sampled these in-store and they offer the most lovely glossy, bold colour. This set would be the perfect way to sample most of the shades! 

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads
Have heard so many raves about these in the blogosphere. Love that they're alcohol-free and gentle enough to use every day! Sounds like a perfect exfoliant for wintertime. 

Fresh Skincare Idols Set
I've been super impressed with the Fresh skin care goodies I've tried so far, and this kit looks like a luxurious way to sample a few more. 

Marc Jacobs The Sky-Liner Petite Highliner Collection
I have a Highliner in Stone Fox and am a huge fan of the texture and shimmery finish. This set seems like such a great deal!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
I'm a loyal lover of the Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light and I've seriously hit pan on mine. Relishing the idea of having Dim Light alongside two other beautiful powders!

Clinique A Black Honey Affair Palette
I've heard great things about the shadow palettes Clinique has been releasing lately and I'm loving the look of this one! A pretty selection of neutrals and plums. 

REN Flash Rinse 1-Minute Facial
REN is another brand that has totally wowed me and it's hard to argue with a super quick, gentle but effective brightening treatment. Bring on the Vitamin C!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
I was so happy to see that this palette didn't contain Radiant Magenta or Diffused Heat, both of which I already own and absolutely adore. You just can't have too many of these beautiful blushes!

Urban Decay Naked Basics 2
What wishlist would be complete without an Urban Decay palette?! I never picked up the original Naked Basics, but this second installment is looking rather tempting. My shadow collection could use more mattes like these.

Phew! I'm definitely sweating (drooling? hyperventilating?) in the wake of this giant wishlist. I obviously won't be picking up all of these goodies, but I'm sure a fine selection will be creeping their way into my stash. I sometimes wish I could be stronger in the face of a sale, but with offerings this gorgeous, call me a sucker!

Are you tempted by any of these goodies? What's on your Sephora sale/holiday wishlist?

Thanks for dropping by! :)

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Look of the Day: Earthy Autumn Neutrals with the Body Shop!

Hi, everyone! To all my Canadian readers- I hope that your turkey hangovers have since subsided and that you had an incredible Thanksgiving weekend! I was able to spend three days in my hometown with family, friends, and a bit too much dessert, which was a wonderful break from the city grind. My pants are a bit tighter, but my mood, decidedly lighter. No complaints!

In my latest post, I featured some new Autumn-inspired goodies from The Body Shop, and today I'm putting them to good use. The look is all about warm, earthy neutrals with a modern twist. 

To warm up the skin (without aiming for a summer-level bronze), I applied a decent helping of The Body Shop's Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in Fair Matte 02, concentrating it on the cheekbones, temples, and down the bridge of my nose. For a slight pop of colour, I swept some of their Golden Pink powder blush (since discontinued, I believe- this one's an oldie!) on the apples of my cheeks. The lips called for something a bit more dramatic, so I opted for my new Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick in Drive Me Nuts. Its a unique deep brown with silvery shimmer that screams 90s but comes just shy of looking dated. It's actually quite a nice dupe for the newest Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipsitck, though it lacks the plummy undertones. It definitely leaves lips looking shiny and full! 

For the eyes, I turned to my three new Colour Crush Eye Shadows. I started by sweeping Bronze Bliss, a gorgeous warm orange-copper shade, all over my lid, blending up to the crease. I added some smoke and definition by applying Brownie and Clyde, a cool-toned deep taupey brown, to the crease and outer corner of my eye, and finished off with touches of Oh, Honey, the perfect shimmery ivory highlight, on the inner corners and brow bones. It made for a simple, though decidedly warm and seasonal sort of look! All three shadows have a pearlescent finish, which gives the prettiest glow to the eyes. 

Here's a peek at the Body Shop goodies that when into this look: 

The Breakdown:

Foundation: Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet in 10 Beige
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: The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in Fair Matte 02

Blush: The Body Shop Powder Blush in Golden Pink

Brows: Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Taupe and Tinted Brow Gel in Caramel
Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion Original Formula
Eye Shadows: The Body Shop Colour Crush Eye Shadow in Bronze Bliss (all over lid, blended up to the crease), Brownie and Clyde (on crease and outer corner), and Oh, Honey (as a highlight on brow bone and inner corners)

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

Lips: The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick in Drive Me Nuts

And a couple more shots of the look:

I'm all about giving neutrals a modern twist, so this look was right up my alley. The lipstick definitely isn't for everyone (my boyfriend actually winced and asked if I was wearing it out of the house, sheesh), but I think it's a fun shade that rightfully has its place during the chillier Autumn months. The textures of the Colour Crush shadows are just phenomenal and the Honey Bronze Bronzer is such a no-fail option when you want an uber-natural glow. Can't fault any of them!

Hope you all have a wonderful week. I'm actually starting a new job today (part-time as a therapist, while I finish my dissertation), which I'm pretty thrilled about! Wish me luck :)


Sunday, 12 October 2014

The Body Shop Autumn Haul!

I have always had a soft spot for The Body Shop. It was there, way back in 1995, where I bought my first-ever face wash and lip gloss. I was an eager 12 year old who finally had enough allowance money to indulge my burgeoning beauty obsession and The Body Shop is where I turned. My use of their products has fluctuated since that time, but I've been seriously drawn back over the past year or so. They've been releasing some new, unique, interesting products that really offer top-notch quality for totally reasonable prices. In short, they've been killing it lately! 

When The Body Shop had their Buy 3, Get 3 Free sale last month (a special that is luckily a regular installment), I stocked up on a variety of treasures. 

I was quick to snag a second tub of the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter, which has gradually edged its way in as my makeup remover of choice. It's ultra effective and rich, but rinses clean and has never broken me out. It's truly a beautiful formula and is a mere fraction of my previous staple, Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil. I'll save money gladly when the budget option is as lovely as this! I'd also been incredibly tempted by the new Wild Argan Oil range, as the textures are luxurious and the scent is wonderfully nutty and warm. I picked up the Shower Gel from the line and am really liking it! 

I haven't delved into Body Shop makeup in quite some time, but I was happy to snag some of their newest offerings! The first was Colour Crush Lipstick in Drive Me Nuts, a unique deep brown with silvery shimmer. Actually quite a decent dupe for Viva Glam Rihanna 2! It offers opaque coverage and feels super comfy on the lips. A 90s-inspired shade that really has me swooning! I also opted for the Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream in shade 01, which is designed to offer sheer, perfecting coverage for those with blemish-prone skin. I plan to write a full review but, in short, the application can be a bit finicky, but persistence leads to wonderfully glowy skin! Plus, it really wears all day. 

Finally, I snagged three of their new Colour Crush Eye Shadows, about which I'd heard nothing but raves. I decided to begin my foray (yes, I'm sure I'll be buying more) with some lovely neutrals. I chose Oh, Honey, a beautiful warm ivory highlight shade, Bronze Bliss, a warm orange copper, and Brownie and Clyde, a deeper cool shimmery brown. They work so wonderfully together and are amazingly pigmented and blendable! 

And some swatches of my makeup goodies:

The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick in Drive Me Nuts

The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream 01

The Body Shop Colour Crush Eye Shadows in (L-R)  Brownie and Clyde, Bronze Bliss, and Oh, Honey

I'm so happy to have resumed by love affair with The Body Shop, as it was there that my beauty obsession first blossomed! I'm super pleased with everything I picked up this time around and have already been putting them to good use. In my next post, I'll featuring the shadows and lipsticks in a new Autumn-inspired Look of the Day!

Thanks for dropping by and, for all my Canadian readers, hope you're having an amazing Thanksgiving weekend! xo

Friday, 10 October 2014

Lime Crime Velvetines in Wicked and Utopia

Hi, everyone! It's been a Lime Crime sort of week and it's time for the final installment! On the heels of my Unicorn Lipstick reviews, I'm bringing you my thoughts on the Lime Crime Velvetines. They are described as a "Liquid to Matte Lip Stain", which is exactly the case. They apply as any fluid-based gloss and quickly set to an opaque, matte finish. I chose two bold, yet wearable shades from the range, so read on to learn more and see these babies in action!

The Velvetines come in shiny red boxes adorned with roses and the Lime Crime logo. The full ingredients are also listed, which is always appreciated!

The lip colours are packaged in frosty glass tubes with red lids, similarly decorated with roses. On the very top is Lime Crime's signature unicorn logo, which is a nice touch! In terms of size, they are about half-way between the length of a MAC Lipglass and a Chanel Glossimer. Hope those are handy reference points! 

The first shade I chose was Wicked, which Lime Crime describes as a "matte burgundy red". I'd say this is fairly correct, as it's decidedly more of a red than a berry or a plum. But the depth and saturation of the shade definitely give it a wine-stained look! I feel pretty vampy when wearing it and it's really quite perfect for Fall! 

Here's a shot of Wicked on my lips and then in the context of an entire makeup look:

Lime Crime Velvetines in (L-R) Wicked and Utopia

The next shade I chose was Utopia, described as a "vibrant orchid". I'd deem it a violet-toned fuchsia that's definitely on the cooler side of things. The purple undertones separate it from the numerous fuchsia lipsticks in my stash, yet it leans pink enough to remain quite wearable! 

Here's a shot of Utopia on my lips, then in the context of an entire makeup look:

I'm definitely a fool in love for both of these shades. They are beautifully bold, rich, and pigmented- perfectly up my alley! The formula has its flaws, though- so read on for a full breakdown!

  • Extremely pigmented- a little goes a very long way!
  • Incredibly long-wearing. Only slight touch-ups are needed following a meal and the final traces can only be removed with an oil cleanser at the end of the day
  • Initial application is smooth and even
  • Adorable and practical packaging that looks so cute in my bag!
  • At $20 USD, these aren't cheap, but are more affordable than comparable products on the market (e.g., Hourglass Opaque Rouges)
  • Vegan and cruelty-free!
  • These can leave lips feeling rather parched after they dry down- if you suffer from dry lips they won't make things any better
  • Though fading is definitely a slow process, they can wear off in a patchy sort of way. Touch-ups help, but it won't look as smooth and even as initial application
  • The colour is seriously full-on. Not for those who prefer sheer shades on their lips! 

Overall, while the formula is a bit of a mixed bag, I'll gladly stick with it because these shades are so worth fighting for! If the Velvetines didn't leave lips quite so parched they'd definitely be in A+ territory for me. Though this isn't the case, I still reach for them often because they are truly long-wearing and the shades are to die for! 

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Lime Crime Lipsticks in Retrofuturist and My Beautiful Rocket

Hi, everyone! If you read my last post, you'll know I've gone a bit batty for Lime Crime and am so pleased with all of the goodies I selected from my first-ever purchase from the brand. What's not to love? Vibrant hues, adorable packaging, and vegan formulas. Sign me up!

Today I'm featuring the two Unicorn Lipsticks I selected, which are both fun and bold, yet totally wearable. Let's delve in! 

The Unicorn Lipsticks are currently housed in 6th Anniversary limited edition packaging, which is to die for! The boxes are silvery with a holographic rainbow-like effect and are dotted with stars and unicorns. The box also includes a full ingredient listing, which is always very much appreciated! 

The tubes are completely unlike any other lipsticks I own. They posses a similar bullet-like shape to that of MAC lipsticks, but that's where the similarities end. They're made of sturdy lilac-toned plastic and, like the boxes, are adorned with silver stars and unicorn heads. How magical! 

The first shade I selected was Retrofuturist. Lime Crime describes it as a "vibrant red", which can't really be argued with. It leans slightly cool, which makes it a perfect Hollywood style red (hence the "retro"), yet has an amazing glossy, nearly metallic finish, that makes it quite modern (or, "futurist"?). It really leaves my lips looking full and shiny and is a lovely balance between brash and classic. It can easily lean either way, depending on the rest of your makeup! 

Here it is in the tube:

And on my lips alone and in the context of an entire makeup look:

Lime Crime Unicorn Lipstick in Retrofuturist

Line Crime Unicorn Lipsticks in (L-R): Retrofuturist and My Beautiful Rocket

The second lipstick I chose is a unique hue with an equally distinct name, My Beautiful Rocket. It's described as a "vibrant orange", which, again, is pretty spot-on. It's a true yellow-toned orange, with no hints or red or coral in sight. It is quite bright, but just shy of neon. The yellow undertones mute it slightly and truly make this different from any other shade in my stash. It also has a slightly glossy finish that gives a lovely fullness to the lips.

Here it is in the tube:

And on my lips and in the context of an entire makeup look:

Overall, I have absolutely no complaints about these lipsticks! Here's a full breakdown of my thoughts:

  • Extremely pigmented, saturated colour. A little goes a long way!
  • Overall, a quite long-wearing formula. Stays put for over 6 hours without having to touch up.
  • Not too slick, not too drying. Feels quite comfortable on the lips! 
  • The subtle sheen in this formula really leaves my lips looking full and plump
  • At $18 USD, these aren't a steal, but are still decently priced, in my opinion
  • Adorable, unique packaging that always makes me smile
  • Vegan and cruelty-free formula, which is always such a huge bonus! 
  • If chic, minimalist packaging is more your thing, you might not be fond of the overly girly/cutesy aesthetic of these
  • If you're in Canada, you have to order these online, which can be a hassle (though I found the customer service to be quite good!)

I can't urge you enough to give Lime Crime a try! Even if cutesy packaging isn't your thing, I'd suggest you suspend your skepticism, especially if you love a bold, saturated lip. The Unicorn Lipstick range offers 19 amazing shades, from nude, to turquoise, to black, and back again. I'm so tempted by some of the wilder shades like Chinchilla and Mint to Be, but even this vibrant beauty fiend is a bit timid. If I work up the courage to give them a go, you'll be the first to know! :)

Does the Lime Crime aesthetic appeal to you? Would you wear either of the shades I featured here? Have any of you taken the plunge and tried out some wild, crazy shades of lipstick?

Thanks for stopping by! xo