Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Look of the Day: Life's a Picnic

Hi, everyone! If you saw my last post, you'll know that I've fallen head over heels for the MAC Flamingo Park Spring makeup collection. It's blooming with vibrant pinks and reds and is completely up my alley! For today's makeup I paired my three new Flamingo Park goodies with some other MAC faves for an unabashedly cheery, flowery, feminine Spring look. 


For the eyes, I started by applying a neutral shadow to the crease (MAC Wedge) for some dimension. I then blended MAC Sushi Flower, a bold matte pink, into Wedge for a subtle wash of pink. Next I swept MAC Paradisco, a light shimmery coral, on the lid for some glow, then I highlighted the brow bones and inner corners of the eyes with a mix of MAC Ricepaper and Retrospeck shadows for some pop. I finished off the eyes with a rich blackened plum liner, Chanel Rouge Noir Le Crayon Kohl and lots of black mascara! 

The blush I used is one of the stars from Flamingo Park, in my opinion. Life's a Picnic is a bold, matte, unapologetically coral pink that, when blended, gives the best healthy flush. I applied Life's a Picnic to the apples of the cheeks, blending up to the temples. I see it as almost a geisha sort of shade, so applying it near the temples in a nod to a geisha's style of blush. I then contrasted the blush with some serious glow on the high points of my face, courtesy of Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal.

Finally, the lips were also a showcase of Flamingo Park's beauty. I first applied Have Your Cake lipstick, a saturated matte fuchsia violet, to my top lip and along the outer edges of my lower lip for dimension, then topped it with Nice to Meet You, a shinier coral pinky red. The shades blended wonderfully! 



The Breakdown:

Foundation: Clinique Even Better Makeup in Alabaster mixed with Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal
Concealer: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer in Light

Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte Long-Wearing Pressed Powder in 011 Creamy Natural (on t-zone) and Alima Pure Satin Finishing Powder in Keiko (lightly all over)

Blush: MAC Matte Powder Blush in Life's a Picnic
Highlighter: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal

Brows: Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Taupe and Tinted Brow Gel in Caramel

Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion Original
Eye Shadow: (all from MAC): Wedge (applied in crease, blended up as a transition shade), Sushi Flower (applied below crease, blended into Wedge), Paradisco (on the lid, blended into lash line), and Retrospeck and Ricepaper (as a highlight on brow bones and inner corners of the eye). 

Eyeliner: Chanel Le Crayon Kohl in Rouge Noir
Mascara: The HotShop Long Lash Mascara (from the Born Pretty Store)

Lipstick: MAC Matte Lipstick in Have Your Cake (on top lip and outer corners of bottom lip) and MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Nice to Meet you (on bottom lip, blended in with Have Your Cake)

 

And a few more shots of the look:




Ah, although this Winter has been far from brutal, these cheery shades are making me long for Spring, pronto! They leave me feeling so fresh, pretty, and, well- vibrant! Vivid pinks can be intimidating to wear, so I hope this look inspires you to play with the colour family and have some fun :)

I think this would also make for an appropriate Valentine's Day makeup look, in case you also need some inspiration in that regard ;)

Also, I wanted to thank everyone for entering my Schaf Skin Care Giveaway- the winner was chosen this morning! Huge congrats to Meghan from Today's Beauty Obsession for being the lucky lady to win!

What's your favourite way to wear pink makeup? What tones do you gravitate to in Springtime?

Have a wonderful day! :)


Sunday, 7 February 2016

Falling into Spring with MAC Flamingo Park!

Hi, everyone- happy weekend! When it comes to Spring makeup collections, I usually take a pass. Year after year, Spring offerings seem to put forward the same lot of muted pastels- baby pinks, mint greens, pale peaches, and silvers. No doubt these shades are lovely and have their place, but they're just not my thing. Given my biases against such collections, it takes a lot for a brand's Spring lineup to catch my eye. So the fact that MAC's new Flamingo Park collection completely stole my heart says quite a lot! 


First off, the promo photos for the collection are totally up my alley. They are playful, whimsical (with almost an Alice in Wonderland sort of feel), and rich with colour. Second, the shades called to me in a major way. Yes, there are a few soft pinks and peaches, but the majority of options are rich, saturated, and cheery. From bold fuchsias to candy purples, Flamingo Park is rife with this vibrant beauty obsessive's favourite hues! 


Given my excitement about the collection, I made sure to check out Flamingo Park on the day of its release (I was going to say its opening day, but that's just reserved for movies and baseball seasons, right? Maybe I should start a movement to begin using opening day in the case of makeup collections? Hmmm... I digress). I strolled into Hudson's Bay before work last Thursday and was greeted with all the colourful imagery and products I had expected. 



After much play, I walked away with three vivid, beautiful products from the collection. My picks were:

Cremesheen Lipstick in Nice to Meet You
A warm, saturated reddish coral pink with a semi-sheer, buildable finish and flattering glow. Totally my kind of shade, but unlike anything in my stash!

Matte Lipstick in Have Your Cake
A creamy, matte violet fuchsia- super unique! I thought this was going to be more purple, but the pinky undertones make it incredibly flattering and wearable. 

Matte Powder Blush in Life's a Picnic
A bold, vivid, warm coral-toned pink. Incredibly intimidating in the pan, which I always take as a personal challenge! Blended out, it gives the most beautiful, healthy flush.


Here are closeups of the products:

MAC Flamingo Park Lipsticks in (L-R): Nice to Meet You (Cremesheen) and Have your Cake (Matte)

MAC Flamingo Park Blush in Life's a Picnic (Matte)

And swatches of each on my inner arm (MAC NC15 skin tone):

(L-R) MAC Flamingo Park Lipstick in Have Your Cake (Matte), Lipstick in Nice to Meet You (Cremesheen) and Powder Blush in Life's a Picnic (Matte)


And shots of each in action!

Here is Have Your Cake...



and Nice to Meet You...



... and Life's a Picnic:


Seriously, if my makeup stash didn't already contain dozens and dozens of bright pinks, I would have been tempted to snag the entire collection. Narrowing things down was tough, but I'm so happy with my picks! I'm finding that my new Flamingo Park goodies pair super well with MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish highlighter in Lightscapade (which I'm wearing in the photo above) and Sushi Flower Eye Shadow (another stunning pink that helps me to channel the look from the collection's promo photos). Look out for a full Look of the Day using these products coming soon!

Were/are you tempted by MAC Flamingo Park? What Spring 2016 makeup collections are you eyeing? Are you a sucker for Spring makeup collections?


And it's last call for my Schaf Skin Care Giveaway - it ends at midnight tonight (Monday 12am EST)!!


Have a wonderful day! xo


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Friday, 5 February 2016

Two New Boys in My Life: Tom Ford Stavros and Tony Lip Colours

Hi, everyone! If there's anything I love more than a Tom Ford lipstick, it's a Tom Ford lipstick with a cute, manly name, at a more affordable price, in a size I might actually use up one day. Quite the mouthful, but a strong case that the Tom Ford Lips and Boys collection is all kinds of perfect. The Lips and Boys range was born during the 2014 Holiday season and featured a wide range of luxurious shades, each named for a man who had been an inspiration to Mr. Ford throughout his life. The size of the lippies was smaller, which came with an appropriately lesser, more accessible price tag. Still luxe, but not quite as painful to the wallet. I missed the boat last year, but when Lips and Boys was re-born this Winter, I had to finally add a couple of these guys to my collection! 


The new range of Lips and Boys includes 25 of the original Boys from last year plus 25 brand new shades. Yes, that's a total of 50 to choose from! They promise a super creamy texture thanks to natural oils and butters as well as true, pure colour with a flattering, luminous finish. 

They're displayed at Holt Renfrew in a near-vertical board that lets you peruse the shade and name selections quite easily. Convenient and luxurious!


After a serious swatch-fest and a trial of a few shades (the Tom Ford sales associate was incredibly friendly and obliging), Holt Renfrew wrapped up my selections with their signature sticker and I was ready to go home and play with my new goodies! 



Just like Tom Ford's original Lip Colours, the Lips and Boys Lip Colours come packaged in a textured dark brown box with gold lettering. The lipstick tubes are also identical in appearance, with a rectangular shape, a weighty feel, gold detailing, and the TF logo crowning the top. 



Above is a comparison of the Lips and Boys Lip Colours versus a standard Tom Ford Lip Colour. The Lips and Boys are .07oz in weight (retailing for $39 CAD each), while the original Lip Colours are .10oz (retailing for $58 CAD each). If I'm doing the math correctly, the Lips and Boys are actually a slightly better value per ounce (70% of the product at 67% of the price, as least in Canadian dollars), which is a rare thing as minis go! 

Also like the original Lip Colours, the Lips and Boys lippies feature a TF logo impressed into the lipstick bullet. A final touch of luxury that almost makes you not want to use them! 


Though the Lips and Boys shade selection is both impressive and daunting, I went in with the rough game plan of selecting two shades: one more classic and glamorous, one more unique and unconventional. I think I achieved that! The shades I selected were:

Stavros- one of the original Boys, a nearly opaque grey-violet with a subtle silver sheen, and
Tony- one of the new Boys, a classic saturated cherry red with a luminous finish

Here are swatches of both on my inner arm (MAC NC15 skin tone): 

Tom Ford Lips and Boys Lip Colours in (L-R) Stavros and Tony

And here they are in the context of a completed look!

I'd been eyeing Stavros since its release last year because it was unlike any lipstick I've ever seen- a unique blend of grey and lavender that somehow screams chic instead of, well, zombie. It is not the most versatile of shades, but man is it stunning! And the luminous finish really does leave my lips looking smooth and full. My boyfriend hates this shade, as he does think it makes me look dead, but I conceptualize Stavros as the Man Repeller of lipsticks. Totally stylish and fierce, but the kind of shade you'd don to impress the gals, not to woo a mate. And I'm totally down with that. 



On the other hand, Tony is completely flirty and glamorous. It's one part old Hollywood, one part Snow White, and 100% gorgeous. The pigmentation is bold, without being overwhelming, and the subtle cool undertones would make this a flattering red on- dare I say- just about everyone. Like Stavros, the soft. luminous finish really leaves lips looking their best. 



The wear time of these lipsticks is about what you'd expect from a luminous-finish lipstick: 4-6 hours, with notable, but not complete deterioration after a meal. While the longevity may be average, the texture, feel, flattering finish, and exquisite, unique shade range of the Lips and Boys really make them standouts in my books. They simply make you feel glamorous and, with 50 shade choices, anyone can find an option that speaks to them. And as Tom Ford goes, they're a true bargain ;)

Were you tempted by the Lips and Boys collection? Do you own any Tom Ford Lip Colours? Favourites? Are Stavros or Tony shades that you'd reach for? Does the name Stavros remind anyone else of General Hospital?


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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Look of the Day: Fire Walk with Me

Hi, everyone! In my last post I raved about three new rich, warm shades of Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows in my collection and today I'm featuring these lovelies in a makeup look! Though the title of this post was inspired by one of my favourite shows ever, Twin Peaks, the makeup itself isn't inspired by the series (perhaps a look for another time!), but rather by the bold, fiery shades of shadows that I selected. The look is very warm and features of mix of matte, satin, and metallic finishes. It was incredibly fun to put together!


As I mentioned, the eyes were all about my new Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows. I started by packing ME740 Magma, a warm reddened coral with a gold sheen, all over my lid as well as along the lower lash line. I then applied M846 Morello Cherry, a deep, matte berry red, to the outer corners of my eye, blending up into the crease. For definition, I swept shade M738 Auburn, an ultra warm mid-tone matte brown, in the crease, as well as lightly along the lower lashes to line the eye. To soften the crease and as a transition, I applied Inglot Eye Shadow #357, a neutral mid-tone brown, above the crease, and then highlighted the eye with Artist Shadow in ME512 Golden Beige, a gilded ivory, on my brow bone and inner corners. I paired the red shadows with the most beautiful blackened plum eyeliner out there, Chanel Le Crayon Kohl in Rouge Noir.

I was very indecisive about the lips, so I ended up blending several shades together. I knew I wanted them to be warm and bold, yet to not overpower the eyes. I mixed shades of orange, hot pink, and red as a base (courtesy of Milani Colour Statement Lipsticks in Sweet Nectar and Flamingo Pose and Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Gladiolus), then added two of the Artist Shadows over top for added definition. I applied Morello Cherry along the outer edges and patted Magma in the centre of my lips. Finally, I wanted my cheeks to maintain the warm theme, but not wanting every inch of my face to be red, I opted for a tangerine blush, MAC Satin Blush in Modern Mandarin



The Breakdown:

Foundation: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation in Y225 Marble
Concealer: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer in Light

Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte Long-Wearing Pressed Powder in 011 Creamy Natural (on t-zone) and Alima Pure Satin Finishing Powder in Keiko (lightly all over)

Contour: NYX Powder Blush in Taupe
Blush: MAC Satin Blush in Modern Mandarin
Highlighter: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop

Brows: Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Taupe and Tinted Brow Gel in Caramel

Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion Original
Eye Shadow: Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows in ME740 Magma (all over lid and along lower lash line), M846 Morello Cherry (on outer corner, blended up to the crease), M738 Auburn (in the crease and as a liner on lower lash line), ME512 Golden Beige (as a  highlight on the brow bone and inner corners of the eye) and Inglot Eye Shadow #357 (as a transition between crease and brow bone shade)

Eyeliner: Chanel Le Crayon Kohl in Rouge Noir
Mascara: The HotShop Long Lash Mascara (from the Born Pretty Store)

Lipstick: (mixed together) Milani Colour Statement Lipstick in Flamingo Pose and Sweet Nectar, Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Gladiolus topped with MUFE Artist Shadow in Magma (on centre of the lips) and Morello Cherry (along outer edges)

 

And a few more shots of the look:





I don't wear red eye shadows often, but boy did I enjoy wearing these shades! I felt like a fierce, fiery goddess all day long. And I have to shout from the rooftops once again that these Artist Shadows are so bold, smooth, blendable, true-to-colour, and long wearing. They do not disappoint one bit! 

So, in summary, red eye shadows are wearable! Wear some, pronto! ;)

Do you ever wear red shadows? Any favourites? What is your favourite way to wear fiery shades of makeup?


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Monday, 1 February 2016

A Fiery Trio of Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows

Hi, everyone! Just over a year ago, I discovered the beauty that is the Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows. These eye shadows come with a whopping selection of nearly 200 shades and are offered in a variety of finishes, from matte, to shimmer, to metallic. In my experience (you can check out a review of my first batch of Artist Shadows, here), these shadows are nothing short of fabulous. Pigmentation, blendability, incredibly long wear- they offer it all! During a recent post-work, therapeutic trip to Sephora, I realized that it was rather silly that I hadn't purchased any of these little lovelies in over a year. I had to remedy that! Though the shade selection can be both awe-inspiring and a little intimidating, I knew that I wanted to gravitate towards some warm, rich, bold orange-red tones. My friend and fellow vibrant-shadow lover (and blogger!) Chelle recently shared a stunning red and orange makeup look and I was inspired to beef up that colour family of my eye shadow collection.  


The Make  Up For Ever Artist Shadows retail for $24 CAD each, but are a wonderful value when you buy 2 or 3 at a time. For instance, 3 shadows (plus an included magnetic palette) are $50 CAD which, while not ultra cheap, is still a bargain in my books! Each shadow is sold separately from the palette in its own packaging, and then you get to assemble things as you please. 


Each Artist Shadow is housed in a plastic disc that is removed ultra easily without any fuss. You then simply place the shadows in the magnetic pans of the palette and voila! Easy as pie. 


Here are my 3 new shadows nestled into the palette, fresh and ready to go! 


As I mentioned, I was aiming to select shades that were rich, warm, and bold. I gravitated towards the matte offerings this time around (which are sorely lacking in my collection), but wanted to add some shine to the trio to balance things out. After a serious swatch fest, the shades I selected were:

M738 (Auburn)- a matte, ultra warm mid-tone reddish brown
ME740 (Magma)- a metallic reddened coral with subtle golden shine
M846 (Morello Cherry)- a deep, matte burgundy red

(L-R): Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows in M738 Auburn, ME740 Magma, M846 Morello Cherry


Above are swatches of each: (top to bottom) M738 Auburn, ME740 Magma, and M846 Morello Cherry

And here is a close-up of an eye look I created with all three shadows! I applied Magma all over my lid, as well as long the lower lash line, Morello Cherry on the outer corner of the eye, blended up in to the crease, and Auburn in the crease, blending upward, as well as along the lower lash line as a liner. 



So did these new Artist Shadows live up to my high regards? Absolutely! If anything, they further surpassed my expectations. Auburn and Morello Cherry were my first mattes from the range, and boy are they smooth, blendable, and pigmented. Morello Cherry might be the prettiest red shadow I've seen and Auburn will be such a versatile warm brown. And as for metallic shadows, Magma is tops. It is one of the most rich, beautiful shadows I've used- bold, fiery, and totally wearable! And I love the name too. 

Look out for a full Look of the Day using these new additions coming later this week!

Have you tried the Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows? Any other faves from Make Up For Ever? What are your favourite eye shadows at the moment?


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Saturday, 30 January 2016

Look of the Day: Winter Flower/Sugar Pop

Hi, everyone! Last Sunday afternoon I was home sick for the millionth day in a row and decided that I needed to kick my cold not with drugs and tea (although those also helped greatly), but with a serious dose of colour. I mean, it's difficult to not feel better when you look in the mirror and see a whole lot of vibrancy staring back! To create this therapeutic and colourful look, I turned to two sources- the Too Faced Sugar Pop Eye Shadow Palette (which had been sadly unused since I snagged it at IMATS last year) and two cheery fuchsia goodies from Flower Beauty that were thoughtful gifts from my Canadian Beauty Blogger Secret Santa Kelly from Glitter Diaries. Together they worked wonders to boost my spirits, energy, and my glam factor!


The eyes were all about the Too Faced Sugar Pop palette, which I was thrilled to finally be testing out! It got mixed reviews, but I had lots of fun with it. There was a fair amount of fallout from the shadows, otherwise, it was a total pleasure! I started by applying Macaron, a vivid coral, to the inner third of my lid, then blending Bubble Gum, a hot pink, on the centre of my lid. For definition, I applied Sugared Violet, a deep purple-blue, on the outer third of my lid and blended Malted Milk Ball, a warm, mid-to-deep brown, in the crease. For a pop of colour underneath the eyes, I ran Blue Raspberry, a saturated pastel turquoise, along the lower lash line, then lined the bottom lashes with Blackberry, a matte purple-taupe. For touches of highlight, I applied Strawberry Ice above the inner corners of my eyes and mixed Peach Fuzz and Sweet & Spicy on my brow bones and the tear ducts. Yes, I used all 9 shades in the palette and it didn't look too chaotic. Win! I thought I'd choose an equally colourful, yet still defining eyeliner. so I reached for my much-loved Chanel Stylo Yeux Long Lasting Eyeliner in Bleu Exquis

For the cheeks, I used Flower Beauty's Kiss Me Twice Lip & Cheek Chubby in Can't Re-Fuchsia. Love the pun and love the texture of these multi-use products. This shade added a lovely vibrant flush that could be sheered down to wearable levels quite easily. I opted for a dewier base, courtesy of Clinique Even Better Makeup and added extra glow to the high points of my face with Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal (beautiful stuff!). Finally, I painted my lips with Flower Beauty's Kiss Stick Velvet Lip Colour in Rosey Garden, a beautiful saturated fuchsia pink. Fuchsias are my favourite lip colour to wear and this one didn't disappoint! 

Here's a peek at the key products I used, followed by a couple more shots of the look and a full breakdown of the makeup used!






The Breakdown:

Foundation: Clinique Even Better Makeup in Alabaster
Concealer: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer in Light

Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte Long-Wearing Pressed Powder in 011 Creamy Natural (on t-zone) and Alima Pure Satin Finishing Powder in Keiko (lightly all over)

Blush: Flower Beauty Kiss Me Twice Lip & Cheek Chubby in Can't Re-Fuchsia
Highlighter: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal

Brows: Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Taupe and Tinted Brow Gel in Caramel

Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion Original
Eye Shadow: (all from the Too Faced Sugar Pop Eye Shadow Palette): Macaron (on inner third of the lid), Bubblegum (on centre of the lid), Sugared Violet (on outer third of the lid), Malted Milk Ball (blended in the crease), Blue Raspberry (along lower lash line), Blackberry (as liner along lower lash line), Strawberry Ice (below the inner portions of the brows), Sweet & Spicy and Peach Fuzz (mixed together as a highlight on the brow bone and inner corners of the eye). 

Eyeliner: Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in Bleu Exquis
Mascara: The HotShop Long Lash Mascara (from the Born Pretty Store)

Lipstick: Flower Beauty Kiss Stick Velvet Lip Colour in Rosey Garden

 

And a few more shots of the look:




I'm so happy that I decided to create this makeup look! Even though I didn't leave the house that day, playing with colour and channeling some creativity were a fantastic distractions from being sick. Plus, I got to test out some beautiful new products, so it was a win-win! 

Do you play with makeup when you're under the weather? What are your favourite products from Too Faced or Flower Beauty?


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Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic weekend! xo


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