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Beach Sexy

Hi all! I am getting mighty lazy updating this thing!  Well actually it’s not just all laziness, I’m kind of super busy some days too.  Anyways, I went to my friend’s pool yesterday and I thought that I could incorporate that somehow into a blog post.

I recently watched a video on YouTube by Promise Phan (dope2111), Michelle Phan’s sister-in-law.  If you haven’t checked out their videos, then get on YouTube now (of course after you read this post!). Basically what Promise did was a waterproof tutorial using products that should stay on after some fun pool time! (You can check out the video here).  I totally got inspired to create my own look and see how good it would actually hold up, one because I was curious and two, I’m going to Vegas again at the end of August and plan to just bake in the sun all day.

I used a number of products that I thought would stay on after vigorous pool time and that would have an SPF so I wouldn’t burn.

I apologize, all the photos in this post were taken on my iPhone, hence then quality difference.

So let’s get to it!

For the face I tried out e.l.f.’s Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20.

My mom recently picked this up at Target and I thought that because it had an SPF in it it would be great.  The moisturizer is very sheer, so it doesn’t present a lot of colour, but I mean that’s fine because you are going to be in the water anyways and you don’t want your face to look cakey.  And, for you tanners out there, I found I did have to apply sunscreen on my face throughout the day to prevent burning.

For blush, I chose a cream product.  Cream tends to stay on better under water than a powder, it’s something to do with the formulation in the product.

I’m not a cream blush user because I find the product hard to work with.  I prefer a powder one because I like just taking my blush brush, swiping it on, and then I’m good to go.  The only cream blush I seemed to have in my collection is this mini one from Clinique that I’m sure I got in a gift with purchase.  It’s the Blushwear Cream Stick in 01 Glow Blush which is more of a bronzy colour, which is perfect for the sun and beach/pool.  All you got to do is dab it on your cheeks and then blend to perfection.

Next is eyes, which is my favourite part!  Just like the cheeks, a cream eyeshadow is preferred, however, because I don’t have any cream eyeshadows I grabbed my trusty Urban Decay Primer Potion and dabbed that on my lids instead.  I then chose Half Baked from my UD Naked palette for my lids.

I chose a gold colour because it’s very summery and perfect for the pool.  Looking back now, I totally should have lined my lower lids with a blue colour for that extra pop of colour to the look (MAC’s Surf, Baby! collection has an excellent waterproof blue eye liner).  You can of course choose to use any colour for this look, its not just limited to golds.  However, with that being said I would definitely use an eyeshadow primer if you are going to use powder eyeshadow.  There are a variety of them out there other than Urban Decay’s (Two Faced Shadow Insurance, MAC Paint Pots, Benefit Stay Don’t Stray, etc.)

To finish off the eyes I used a waterproof gel liner.  You can choose to use whatever liner you choose whether it’s a pencil, liquid, gel, or shadow, but make sure it is waterproof!

The eyeliner I used was Sephora’s Waterproof Smoky Cream Liner in the colour Must Have, which is just a matte black.  I like this product because it’s very creamy and goes on jet black.  I personally don’t find a huge difference between gel liner and liquid liner, if I don’t want my liner to smudge then I will go with this one, otherwise I usually stick to my MAC liquid liner.

To finish up the eyes grab your waterproof mascara and coat those lashes!  Like I have mentioned before, I have eyelash extensions so I don’t use mascara and they stay curly in the water anyways.   I am in the desperate need for a fill though!

For the lips I chose a lipstick with an SPF in it.

I grabbed my Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte in the colour Fetish Pink (# 8).  This lipstick has an SPF of 15 in it so it has you covered for the sun (at least for a little bit).  I think that the lips are often the most overlooked when it comes to sun protection (for me), so you always want to make sure that you have some sort of lip product that offers a SPF.  If if comes in cute colours, then even better!

Alright, so that is all that I applied, here is the finished look.

I thought this look was very bare, it focused on the eyes and lips to create a pop of colour.  For my everyday look I use foundation and concealer, so I felt very natural without it.  And, I fully expected the lip colour to vanish throughout the day (which it did).

With my face being waterproof and full of SPF, I grabbed my sunscreen and shades and I was on my way!

Don't forget sunscreen! I like Hawaiian Tropic's Sheer Touch in SPF 15!

Alright, so now let’s fast-forward five hours and see how the look held up!

As you can see the lipstick vanished (although not as bad as I thought it would, there was still a hint of colour.  The eyeshadow and liner stayed on very well, however, there was some slight smudging under my eyes.  The tinted moisturizer wasn’t that pigmented so it wasn’t that noticeable to begin with before and after, and as for the blush it didn’t seem to make it.  However, if I used a more full-coverage foundation then the blush/bronzer would have been more noticeable.

Overall, I think the look worked.  I believe that Promise mentions a Maybelline foundation in her video to use, so if you want something with more coverage then give that a try.  I totally think the eyes worked and would definitely use these products again.

Let me know of any products you know of that hold well under water!  Also, keep a look out on my blog in the coming days and weeks, I have some very exciting news coming up!

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May Favourites!

Hi all! So way overdue but I finally got around to my May favourites.  It’s already halfway through June but I just had to do one, I’ve just been so busy/lazy!  And I’ve also been so excited about other posts I have been doing so I kept putting this one off.  Nevertheless, better late than never right?  I promise that I’ll get June’s up in time!

MAC Eyeshadow in Phloof!

I love this eyeshadow!  I got it in pan form because I have the Pro Palette so I just stick it in and it’s all organized and in one place.  But that’s for another post…

The thing I love about this colour is you can use it as a highlight, a base, a lid colour, etc.  It’s a perfect milky beige colour that should be a staple in everyone’s eyeshadow collection.

NARS Lose Yourself Blush/Bronzing Powder Duo and Lipgloss Set

So remember when I said in my NARS cult collection post that I really wanted the Laguna bronzer? Well, I got a gift card from Sephora for my birthday (thanks Allison!) but I didn’t necessarily want to buy the bronzer because I already have three of them from different brands that haven’t even hit pan.  Then I saw this set that comes with a blush/bronzer duo in Laguna and Angelika with a travel-size Angelika lip gloss.  So I bit the bullet and got my mom to chip in the rest for a birthday gift.  I absolutely love the duo.  I don’t think there is anything special in particular about Laguna.  Don’t get me wrong, it looks nice but on my skin it looks like any other bronzer I have.  I will say however, that it’s not as obvious a bronzer than other ones I have, it’s subtle but in a good way.  The Angelika blush is also gorgeous; I use them together for the perfect summer look (I also tried Laguna and Orgasm together and I think they work awesome as well).  It’s not as pink as it appears in the packaging and I didn’t notice an abundance of glitter on my cheeks (it’s super glittery in the pan).  I would definitely recommend this blush.

As for the Angelika lip gloss.  It is definitely more pigmented and longer lasting than Turkish Delight. I also find it stickier than it as well, however, maybe the stickiness makes for the long-lasting wear it presents… who knows?  It’s a pretty gloss, not the same shade as the blush, but still a pretty fuchsia pink.

This set is available at Sephora, Sephora online, and I believe The Bay (it’s apparently a “Sephora exclusive” but I think I saw the box at the NARS counter at The Bay).

ELF Taklon Powder Brush

So it seems like in every favourites post I feature an ELF brush.  Well, this post is no different.  I absolutely love ELF brushes, they are so fantastic and the best part is they are like $3 USD.  Amazing right?!

I picked up this powder brush at Target and the thing I like about it is it has a flat top, so it’s perfect for contouring.  I usually use this to apply bronzer on my cheekbones and then use a blush brush to apply blush.    If you are looking for inexpensive brushes, definitely check out ELF (in particular their Studio line, I wouldn’t bother with the other lines).  They are super cheap (in price), soft, synthetic, and vegan-friendly.  Whenever I’m in the States I seem to always pick one up.  I don’t think they sell ELF items separately in Canada (you can find the gift sets at Winners and Zellers around the holidays), but you can order online, although I heard that it takes forever to ship.  If you live near the border and near a Target then I would for sure check them out.

ELF Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths

Speaking of ELF…. I absolutely love their makeup wipes!  I find MAC Wipes so expensive for what you are buying so I have never even bothered getting them.  For $3 USD you can get the ELF version and they are so great.  For the price you wouldn’t think that they would do the job, but they remove even the toughest of makeup and are super gentle.  The only thing that sucks about them is that there is only 20 wipes.  I need 100! Oh well, for $3 you might as well stock up.  Definitely recommend these.

Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) Rouge Volupte Lipstick in #19 Frivolous Pink

My holy grail of lipsticks, YSL Rouge Volupte may be expensive but it’s worth every penny.  From the gorgeous casing to the mango scent to the SPF 15 to the creamy texture, this lipstick is pretty much perfect. I am truly obsessed, so much so that when my friend asked what I wanted from Vancouver I said one of these right away (he got me #8 Fetish Pink by the way).  These lipsticks are just so creamy to apply and the colour goes on very pigmented and not to mention long-wearing.  They are quite pricey, $37 CDN (my friend’s text – “I got you the #8, 42 dollar lipstick!!!!!!”) but if you want to splurge on something luxurious then this is it.

Matthew James Root Lift Spray

I was given this product by my neighbour who was going to toss it in the garbage because she thought it “smelled bad” so I grabbed it, and I’m glad I did!  I’m always skeptical on products that say they “lift your roots”, I figure that a little hairspray and a teasing comb is the trick to volume.  That was until I tried this product.  This spray is in your hair all day, unlike hairspray which can fall flat after a while. My hair still feels as much backcombed at the end of the night as it did when I first did it in the morning.

To be honest, I don’t know too much about this brand other than you can pick it up in beauty supply stores and salons.  But if you see it, give it a try, it really does work.  And for the record, I didn’t think it smelled bad…

St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse

I am a huge user of self tanners.  I don’t tan very well in the sun and I’m quite scared of using tanning beds, so self tanning is the way to go!  I was sent this product at work for review and trial (we featured it in one of our magazines) and I think it is a great tanner.  It is quite pricey ($40 CDN I believe) but if you want a good self tanner that gives you a tan right away, this is it.  One application of this bad boy will leave you with a gorgeous bronze glow, not orange, bronze.  I often apply it at night and then in the morning rinse it off (it says to rinse off after four hours) and if I want something deeper I will apply it twice a week.  According to the St. Tropez website it also reduces the aroma of tanner by 70 per cent.  It isn’t as noticeable as other tanners out there (Jergens I’m looking at you) but it still has a scent to it (more noticeable if you are working out).  I also wouldn’t wear this in a hot tub (but then again all self tanners come off in a hot tub).  Anyways, if you are looking for a self tanner that leaves you with a true bronze glow, then this is it.

Phew!  Long post!  I didn’t think I had that many things to report on but apparently I did!  What were some of your May favourites?  Have you tried any of the products I mentioned?  Love em or hate em?  Leave me a comment!

Get Luxurious with Pink: YSL Rouge Volupté

So I have seriously become a huge lipstick fan as of recent, and mostly of the colour pink.  I am obsessed, the pinker the better.  I love bright baby pinks (think Saint Germain and Viva Glam Gaga I), those are usually my go-to colours for everyday, however, I do have some more fun ones like Candy Yum Yum.  With that being said, my collection mostly consists of MAC colours because I find they have the greatest range of shades and I usually the love the pigmentation/feel of them.

Also as of late, I have become a huge fan of YouTube beauty gurus.  I love watching them on my computer, on my iPod, on my iPhone when I’m at the gym, etc.  They are just so informative and I really find that they are honest about a product.  When you see a product in an ad it is often photoshopped (take any mascara ad) and the purpose is to obviously sell you the product, regardless if it actually works or not.  I find that when girls are reviewing stuff on YouTube they are more honest and they will tell you the truth, mostly because they are like you and I, real people.  As a result,a lot of my recent purchases have been recommendations or “beauty guru favourites”.  My newest purchase is no different.  I have been hearing a lot of great things about Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) lipsticks.  From the colours to the texture to the scent, I have not heard one bad thing about these.  So when I recently went out of town I knew I had to pick one up (they don’t sell them in my city).

I made my way to the YSL counter at Holt Renfrew and was greeted by the most enthusiastic sales people ever (that’s another story for another blog post).  I actually ended up picking two lipsticks from two different collections, one of which I’m reviewing today.  The first lipstick I got was their Rouge Volupté Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15 in number 19 Frivolous Pink.  I originally was going to get number 7 Lingerie Pink but they were sold out (oh well, another time!).

Okay, let me start by saying that this lipstick is pretty amazing.  It shoots MAC so out of the water it’s crazy.  Don’t get me wrong, I love MAC lipsticks and I will continue to buy them, but oh man, YSL is on a different level.  The texture of the lipstick is just so creamy and soft and the colour glides on.  You know some lipsticks that you have to keep swiping on to get good colour payoff?  Well not this one, one go around is good enough. It’s just so pigmented and perfect.  Another great thing is the scent, it has a mango scent to it that is just a nice touch to add to the luxurious feel of the lipstick.


The packaging is very pretty as well.  It comes in a gold case with a ring in the middle that shows the shade of the lipstick.  They say that on the top there is supposed to be a mirror, I guess you could use it as a mirror however mine was the same colour of the tube (gold) and it is quite small to use. Everything about this lipstick is just so high-end.  From the application to the packaging (it even comes with a little insert on the product) to the price (a staggering $37 CDN), which although was very expensive my birthday is coming up and we don’t sell YSL beauty products (aside from perfume) in my city.

So how is the colour?  What you see is pretty much what you get.  The lipstick itself is very creamy and shiny it looks like you are wearing a gloss over top.  It’s very similar in terms of texture to MACs Creamsheens however, these guys don’t take so much swiping to get good colour pay off.

So would I recommend it?  Yes!!  I picked up this one and Fard A Levres Rouge Pur number 22 Pink Celebration (which I gave to my mom because she loved it so much) because I couldn’t decide between the two.  If you don’t have a YSL beauty counter in your city or town (they are available in Canada at Holt Renfrew and select Bay locations, I know that Sephora sells them as well, not sure about the Canadian locations though) then I would say to splurge a little if you come across them in your travels because although pricey, I would say they are so worth it.

April 2011 Favourites!

It’s a new month so that means a new favourites post!  There was tons of stuff that I loved this month, and a lot of it I have featured on here already, but nonetheless, they are so good, I’ll feature them again!

So let’s get started!

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick

I absolutely love this colour!  I picked this up the day that Quite Cute came out and I am so glad that I did because it sold out fast both in store and online.  The colour is so vibrant and bold that it can be a bit tough to pull off, I personally have always worn it with a high fashion bun so the focus always went to my lips.  It’s a matte finish so there is no shine to it, but you can easily add a lipgloss over top or even a nude lipliner underneath to really make this colour pop even more.

For a lot of limited edition colours, I am often kicking myself that I didn’t get a back up, I don’t think I’ll have a problem with this gem because since I got it I have maybe worn it twice (the collection came out on April 7).  This one lipstick will last me a very long time, I can tell already.

MAC Pro Longwear and Bare Minerals Original Mineral Foundation

Okay so for the longest time I would only wear liquid foundation because I found that it gave me more coverage.  I don’t have bad skin at all, heck I hardly have blemishes, but I want my skin to look flawless.  Around Christmastime I needed a new foundation because the one I had was my summer shade and it made my face look darker than the rest of my body.  I went to Sephora and managed to narrow my choices down to the Laura Mercier one and the Bare Minerals one.  Laura Mercier’s foundations are extremely expensive for such a little tube (I think they retail for $55 CDN), and although it gave me great coverage I opted to go with Bare Minerals because a) the Sephora SA said that it was a good product and b) it came as a gift set with the foundation, mineral veil, bronzing powder, and three brushes.  I’m not a big fan of powder foundations, but this one I can make an exception for.  This product is fantastic.  It goes on so nicely and your skin looks so great after.

Now fast forward to about a month ago when I watched many YouTube beauty gurus rave about MAC’s Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation.  I figured I had to try it, so when I got a coupon from The Bay in my email I went straight to the MAC counter.  Okay, so do I love this foundation?  It’s okay, I don’t think it lasts 10 hours, or however many hours it promises, and it delivers medium coverage I would say.  Also, if you have dry skin I would stay far away from this product because it can give your skin a cake-y look to it.

So why is it on my favourites list?  Well I love the two products together.  I use the MAC one as my foundation and then use the Bare Minerals one over top as a setting powder, and voila! Perfect skin!  I also use NC 15 in the MAC one, which is very light, and I find that the Bare Minerals foundation over top adds a bit of colour.  Both work great by themselves, and if I am short of time in the morning I will just stick with my Bare Minerals. If you have both products, give them a go together, they complement each other very nicely.

Urban Decay Eyeshadows in Naked, Sin, and Virgin

I have to be honest here, I have not used all the colours in my Naked Palette as of yet.  However, with that being said, that’s because I have my daytime look down-pat with three of the colours from the set.  I use Sin on my lids, Naked in my crease, and Virgin as a highlight.  This is a perfect daytime look, great for the office, school, or wherever.  It’s just so basic and neutral and pretty!  It’s usually the combo I use everyday of the week.

Essie Sand Tropez nail polish and Spa Ritual Knowledge is Power nail polish

Okay so I reviewed these polishes before in my Spring Nails post, but I am actually obsessed.  Right now, as I’m typing this I’m actually wearing Sand Tropez with OPI’s Black Shatter over top.  It’s like one of those “you nails but better” shades.

As for Spa Ritual’s Knowledge is Power, oh my gosh, I am obsessed with this shade.  It’s just such a gorgeous pink.  It reminds me of Hello Kitty to be honest (does that even make sense?).  It’s so vibrant, so girly, and so summery!  This is a must-have!

E.L.F. Angled Contour Brush

Alright, I loved the e.l.f. C Brush so much that when I was at Target last month I wanted to pick up a few other e.l.f. brushes.  I didn’t need a lot of the ones they had at the store because I already had similar ones but I thought I would give this one a try.  I use this for my crease and although it may look kind of awkward, it’s so perfect.  It fits right in there and gives you a flawless application.  And the best part?  It was $3 USD, can’t get a better price than that.

I recently just discovered e.l.f. and I really like the brand.  I also picked up their makeup wipes and they also work fantastic as well.  I wish they sold individual e.l.f. products in Canada.

Bare Escentuals Retractable Kabuki Brush

I picked this up in Las Vegas at the Bare Escentuals outlet and I love it!  I really wanted a kabuki brush but they are often super expensive.  I think I paid like $14.99 USD for this and it came with a gold shimmer powder as well (it was actually cheaper to get the set then to buy the brush by itself).

This brush is so soft and it works like a charm.  It’s not the largest kabuki I have seen but it gets the job done.  And the best part?  It’s retractable so you can keep it nice and clean and it makes for easy travel too.

I have a few brushes from Bare Minerals/Escentuals and I found one of them, the Flawless Face Brush (I believe) to be a bit scratchy and shed a bit, but this one is nice and soft with minimal shedding.

Forever 21 Gold Chain NecklaceI had been looking for a gold chain necklace for a long time and then I stumbled across this beauty the last time I was at Forever 21.  I also featured this necklace in my gold jewellery post, but I actually have bee wearing it close to everyday.  Some days I even have to stop myself from wearing it because I’m like, “hey, I wore this yesterday.”  I know a few other places make similar pieces, but with Forever 21’s prices, you can’t get better than this (I think this cost me like $9.80 CDN).

Candles

Okay so totally unrelated to fashion and beauty, but I have been loving candles this month!  I never have been into candles too much, but lately I like having one going beside my bed.  They smell so nice and are so soothing.  Now I just want to go out and haul a bunch of them, but they are so darn pricey!  However, I got two little ones from Bath and Body Works for $5, so I was pretty excited about that, and they have awesome scents!

So that’s all!  Whew, long post!  What were some of your favourites for April?

The Cult Collection: Rosebud Salve

In today’s edition of The Cult Collection I talk about my number one beauty must have of all time! Smith’s Rosebud Salve!  I have been using this product for about six years now and I always make sure that I have a jar on me (you never know when you are going to get chapped lips).

Rosebud Salve, manufactured by the Rosebud Perfume Company in Woodsboro, Maryland, has been around since 1892 and is their flagship product.  It is available is almost every country in the world.  They also produce a variety of other balms, but the original still remains their number one seller.

So why is it so good?  Well, the product, made from what feels like a petroleum jelly base, not only heals dry lips, but it can also soothe diaper rash, dry skin, calm minor burns, and so on.  I myself have used it to get rid of pimples, heal dry skin, get rid of itchiness, as a hairline protectant when I dye my hair (when I didn’t have Vaseline on hand), and of course, for chapped lips.  It’s just so smooth and creamy (and non-sticky) and it stays on fairly long.  As for the smell, it has a rose scent to it, hence the name.

So is it cult-worthy?  I can rest assure you, it is!  At $8.50 Canadian ($6 US) it’s not only affordable but it actually does what it says.  I have recommended it to so many people who have gone on to try it and absolutely love it.  This is one product I swear by and constantly repurchase.  It also lasts you a long time because you don’t need a much of the product to get the job done.  It’s also fairly easy to get your hands on, you can purchase it at a variety of places, Sephora and American Apparel being some of the most popular locations.  One hint of advice though, do not leave it in super hot areas (like the inside of a car, like my friend did) because the texture of the product can “explode on you” or reform in the jar.

Have you tried Rosebud Salve?  Did you like it?

The Cult Collection: Urban Decay Primer Potion

So I didn’t really know much about eyeshadow primers until a few months ago.  I would always just apply my makeup directly on my eye lid and by the end of the day it would be all creased and basically non-existant.

I saw a lot of YouTube beauty gurus talk about Urban Decay’s Primer Potion so I thought that I had to give it a try.  I picked this up in the States at Sephora where it retails for $18 US (I think like $23 in Canada, somewhere around that price).  Urban Decay has three different versions of this product, but I chose to get the original one.  They also have discontinued the “genie bottle” and it’s now available in a squeeze tube for I think a dollar more.

So what does it do?  According to Urban Decay’s website:

This miracle eyeshadow primer is unmatched by any other in the beauty industry! The genie in this bottle fulfills three wishes: eyeshadow that lasts for 24+ hours, more vibrant color and absolutely NO CREASING. Use the magic wand and flocked applicator to apply Primer Potion to lids before shadow application. It glides on easily and dries down almost instantly, creating smooth lids that are super-powered eyeshadow magnets. Original formula dries down invisibly, while Eden and Sin are shades that can be worn as shadows or highlighters!

You apply the product using the applicator.  It’s similar to a lot of concealers out there or even a lipgloss applicator, however, the sponge part is at an angle so it’s easier to apply.  You swipe it on your eyelid and then blend in, you don’t need a lot.  In the new versions of it its just a squeeze tube that you squeeze on your finger and then blend in.

So does it work?  You betcha.  This product really holds the eye shadow and makes it smooth.

This photo was taken after about eight hours of eyeshadow wear with no primer underneath.  See how the shadow is almost completely off my lid?  Not to mention the creasing and just overall drabness of the shadow by the end of the day.

This was taken the next day when I applied the primer underneath my shadow.  I applied my makeup at 12 p.m. and this photo was taken at around 1:30 a.m., that’s 13.5 hours of wear, and it still looks pigmented and perfect.

So it is cult worthy?  Yes!! I love this product! I got a mini travel-sized one with my Naked palette so I am stocked up for now, but when I run out I will for sure purchase it again.

There are other kinds of eyeshadow primers out there, however, I have only tried Urban Decay’s. Have you tried it, or other eyeshadow primers?  If so, how do they compare?

The Cult Collection: NARS Orgasm and Turkish Delight

You know those certain beauty items that everyone has and everyone knows.  Products like Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, NARS’ Orgasm blush, Maybelline’s Great Lash mascara, you know, those items that everyone knows about and have achieved superstar status?  Well I came up with this genius idea to blog about them all, but then I figured that blog post would take forever to do, so I have split it up and I’m going to cover a few products in separate blog posts (genius, I know!).

Up first are two products by NARS, their Orgasm blush and Turkish Delight lipgloss.  Everyone knows NARS Orgasm, and if they don’t they must be living under a rock.  I think it’s safe to say that it is the most popular blush like, ever.

The second product is their Turkish Delight lipgloss, a sheer pink gloss which is widely known as Kim Kardashian’s favourite lipgloss.

So lets get into it!

NARS Orgasm Blush

The world’s most popular blush, NARS Orgasm is known as the most universally flattering shade of blush ever created.  According to the NARS website they describe Orgasm as “a peachy pink with shimmer”, to me however, I would say it’s more or a coral red with gold shimmer.

Not going to lie, it’s okay.  I’m more of a bronzer fan than a blush one, but this is one of those iconic beauty items that I had to try.  It’s like the Chanel 2.55 of the blush market.  And just like the bag, you are paying a premium price for it too.  I picked this up in the States at Sephora for a hefty $27 US, the most I will ever probably spend on blush, considering that I don’t even wear it that often.  I personally liked Super Orgasm better (it’s pinker) but I figured Orgasm is a cult item, so I had to try this one first.

Would I buy it again?  Probably not.  I have a very fair skin tone (NC 15) and I find this colour too red for my skin.  Maybe in the summer when I have a bit of a tan it will be better, but until then, it’s just okay.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate it, I don’t even dislike it.  I just think it’s okay.  I know they say universally flattering but maybe it’s better on other skin tones?  I dunno..  I also find that it goes on quite sheer and to get some colour I have to really swipe my brush on it a few times to get any actual colour.

NARS Orgasm swatch. Note that I really built up the colour.

So is it worthy of cult status?  To me?  No.  To others, sure.  They say it’s universally flattering and although I can see that, especially on darker skin tones, I think I’ll stick with my bronzer (their most famous bronzer, Laguna, I don’t have but I’m definitely going to pick that up when I run out of the other bronzers I currently have).  The hefty price tag on it is another factor into purchasing it as well.  There are numerous drug store dupes out there you can try if you want the same colour, so you don’t have to shell out the cash for it.  If you are like me though and always want the real thing then go ahead and give it a try, maybe it’ll be the perfect fit.

NARS Turkish Delight Lipgloss


I recently picked up this little item last week because I got the 15% off for Beauty Insiders coupon from Sephora.  I was wanting this for a long time but I couldn’t justify spending $29 CAD on a lipgloss.  With the coupon it came to $24 I believe, which is still hefty, but it’s better than $30 plus, and when I want something I always find a way of getting it so I knew I would buy it eventually.

I want to start off by saying that I really like this gloss.  The colour is okay by itself, but over a lipstick it’s really great.  NARS describes it as a “pink sorbet”, and okay, I can definitely see that. The colour isn’t that pigmented, but it’s great for creating a nude lip (a la Kim Kardashian, which she pairs with MAC’s Angel lipstick).  It’s also good for making pink lipsticks or liners more pink. I really like pairing it with MAC’s Myth, Quite Cute, and Viva Glam Gaga pink lipsticks.

Another great thing about it is that it’s not sticky!  Unlike other ones other there (MAC Lipglass I’m looking at you) this one don’t feel like you have honey on your lips.  I hate wearing gloss and then heading outside on a windy day with your hair getting all caught in it.  Ugh, the worst!  That’s one of the main reasons why I don’t wear that much gloss anymore, I’m all about the lipstick because your hair doesn’t stick to it.

Turkish Delight with NARS Orgasm swatch (no those aren't bruises on my hand).

Okay, so as much as I love this gloss, I do have some negative things to say about it. The staying power on this gloss is terrible.  For a lipgloss that is so expensive you would think that François Nars would come up with a product that lasts longer than half an hour.  MAC lipglasses, although sticky, last way longer than this NARS one.  And they are almost half the price!  Other than that I don’t find anything else really wrong with it, I know that a lot of people have complained about the smell.  Apparently it has a chemical scent to it, which so far I haven’t noticed.  The gloss itself is pretty scentless.

So is it cult-worthy?  I would say so.  I think everyone needs a sheer pink gloss in their makeup bag. Is it a unique colour?  No, but I still really like it, but I just wish it would have a better staying power and a cheaper price tag.  For $29 I don’t think I would repurchase it unless I get another Beauty Insider deal.  For the time being though, I am definitely not going to be applying it that often because I want it to last, and I recommend applying it over a lipstick to really maximize lip colour.

Have you tried NARS’ Orgasm and Turkish Delight?  What were your thoughts?  Are they cult worthy or over-hyped?

Tag, You’re It! 40 Beauty Questions!

So I felt like doing a fun little post today.. that and I couldn’t think of anything else to write about. Well, there were a few things on my mind, but it’s not time to blog about them yet.

I thought I would do a tag post.  What is a tag post you ask?  Basically it’s questions that other people have answered and then they “tag” you to do it too!  I found these questions online and I thought they would be fun to answer.  I thought I would start with beauty and then maybe in future posts I could try other tags that have to deal with other topics.

So here goes!

SKINCARE

Need some new moisturizer!

How many times do you wash your face daily? Twice.
What skin type do you have? (dry, oily, combo) Normal?  It does tend to get dry sometimes in the t-zone though.
What is your current facial wash? Clinique Facial Soap.
Do you exfoliate? Yes, with Clinique Clarifying Lotion
What brand do you use? Clinique! I have been using it since I was about 16.
What moisturizer do you use? Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
Do you have freckles? Nope
Do you use eye cream? Nope! Not yet!
Do you or did you have acne prone skin? No, fortunately.
Did you ever have to use Pro-activ? Nope, never had a problem with acne.

MAKEUP


What foundation do you use? Depends on the day and what mood I’m in.  I usually switch between Bare Minerals SPF 15 Original foundation and MAC Pro Longwear.
How about concealer? ELF concealer/illuminator
Do you know your undertone colour? Ugh… red?  Not sure what this is…
What do you think of fake eyelashes? Love them!! I got extensions so I didn’t have to use them all the time, but I still put them on every once in a while for more oomph!
Did you know that you are suppose to change your mascara every 3 months? Yes.  Do I? No.
What brand of mascara do you use? Don’t use mascara anymore but when I did I used Benefit’s Bad Gal Lash.
Sephora or MAC? Toughy! It depends what I want.  I’ve been really into MAC lately though…
Do you have a MAC Pro-card? No! But I wish I did!  Not fair that writers/beauty editors can’t get one!
What makeup tools do you use in makeup application? Foundation brush, powder brush, kabuki brush, eyeshadow brush, eyeliner brush, crease brush, and blush brush.


Do you use makeup base/primer for the eyes? Yes, Urban Decay Primer Potion!
For the face? Hard Candy Sheer Envy
What is your favourite eyeshadow (color or shade)? Neutrals!
Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner? Both.  I like liquid more for my upper lashline and pencil for my lower waterline.
How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil? Almost never.
What do you think of pigment eyeshadows? Never used them.
Do you use mineral makeup? Yes! Bare Minerals! Their mineral foundation is great!
What is your favourite lipstick? I have a few and all by MAC: Fashion Mews (limited edition from the Hello Kitty collection), Saint Germain, and Myth.
How about lipgloss? MAC Viva Glam Gaga, the pink one.
What is your favourite blush to use? Not a huge blush fan, but right now I’m using NARS Orgasm.
Do you buy your makeup on eBay? No.
Do you like drugstore makeup? Yes, but it depends on the brand.


Do you go to CCO’s? (cosmetic company outlets) I’ve only been to the one in Vegas.  Pretty good stuff there and good deals.
Did you ever consider taking makeup classes? Nah..
Are you clumsy in putting on makeup? Sometimes and it depends on what product it is.
Name a makeup crime that you hate? Too much blush!
Do you like colourful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones? Depends on the mood i’m in.  Usually I’ll go with a neutral eye and a bright pink lip.
Which celebrity always has great make up? Kim Kardashian.
If you could leave the house using just ONE makeup item,what would you use? Does Rosebud Salve count?
Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on? Yes, lazy Sundays.
Do you think you look good even without any makeup on? Depends on the day and the lighting.. haha but seriously, everyone is beautiful, makeup just enhances natural beauty.
In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line? MAC, but I have heard a lot of good things about NARS as well.
What do you think of makeup? It’s fun to play around with.  You can be very creative with makeup.

 

March 2011 Favourites

Hey all!

So I have decided that I’m going to do a favourites post at the end of every month, whether it’s beauty, fashion, or just random stuff. Fittingly it’s the end of March so here are my faves for the month!

ELF “C” Eyeshadow Brush

I absolutely love this brush! I got it last month when I was in Vegas and we stopped at a local Target. The brush retails for only like $3 and if you don’t have a retailer near you that sells ELF (like me) you can pick it up online.

The brush is made up of synthetic bristles, I myself tend to go towards animal hair (shame on me, I know) for my brushes but I’m very impressed by the quality in this little brush. You can use it for lids, creases, blending, etc. It’s one of those brushes that you can really get a lot of bang for your buck. I highly recommend it.

Hello Kitty Perfume To Go Solid Perfume Necklace

If you know me, you will know that I absolutely love Hello Kitty. So naturally when Sephora came out with a Hello Kitty collection I was excited. Not gonna lie though, when I first saw it in person I was kind of let down. The stuff looked kind of cheap and in true Sephora style it was overpriced. Especially in Canada. This little necklace retails for $64 in Canada and $39 in the States. That’s almost a $30 difference and the Canadian dollar is pretty much at par. And no, you can’t just order it online and get that price, it switches to the Canadian pricing.

Anyways, when I was in Vegas I mad hunted this down and found it and lucky for me it was the last one. The scent is really pretty and fresh and young, perfect for teens or little girls just started to experiment with fragrance and makeup. The only thing I don’t like so much about this is the chain. I know I’m not the only one who thinks this too, just Google it and you will find out. The chain is long (hits mid-boob) but there is no clasp or anything so you can’t adjust it, which is annoying because in the product ad it’s a lot shorter. And to top it off, the charm is attached weird to the chain so it tends to flip over so you can’t see Kitty’s pretty face.

If you can get over those flaws (or you could just get a new chain, I’m too lazy to) I would pick this baby up. However, if you are Canadian I would suggest going to a U.S. Sephora (if there is one near you) and picking it up there, the Canadian price hike is ridiculous.

Neutral Nail Polish

I have really been loving neutrals lately. From nude pumps to cream coloured blouses, I’m all over it. So naturally this trend has stretched to my nails as well. I only have the two shades right now, but I absolutely love them. The one on the right is “You Don’t Know Jacques” from OPI’s Fall 2008 collection, La collection de France. I believe it is one of OPI’s most popular colours and I can totally see why. I was rocking this colour all week (I literally just took it off like half an hour ago because it started to chip) even though it is practically spring. You can definitely wear this colour all year but I think it would be most perfect for fall.

The one on the left is “San Tantonio” from OPI’s current Texas collection. It’s more of a brown colour but not as dark as You Don’t Know Jacques. I also think it’s more wearable for spring. But I mean I think that both colours are universal for all seasons because they are neutrals. Funny story about this though, I was torn between San Tantonio and Over the Taupe and I actually chose Over the Taupe but when I got home and put it on it was the wrong colour! Whoops! That’s okay though, I like this one too, maybe in the future I’ll pick up Over the Taupe as well.

H&M Leopard Print Shoes

Another Vegas purchase! I knew that I really wanted to pick up a pair of leopard print shoes ( I’m going through a huge leopard phase right now) and originally I was going to go for these super hot Steve Madden ones, but I think that these are more wearable and not to mention cheaper! They were $34.99 I believe, somewhere in that price range.

I love wearing these with black jeggings and a neutral coloured top. I don’t think I would do leopard with leopard because that may be too much animal print going on. Maybe a scarf actually, so it wouldn’t be too in your face.

Not sure if H&M still has these, but if they do I would pick them up. Super easy to walk in and comfy. Not to mention affordable and you can definitely take these from day to night.

ELF Undereye Concealer and Highlighter

So another Vegas purchase (this is like a Vegas haul, geez) which I absolutely love. One end is a concealer and the other is a highlighter.

I’m really loving ELF, these are my first products from them and I am totally loving the line. I wish the shipping to Canada didn’t take so long otherwise I would order more stuff (it’s so affordable!). I can’t remember what I paid for this but I know it wasn’t that much.

The concealer part really brightens my eyes and other areas that need concealing and the highlighter is just fab. I use it on my cheek bone above my blush, as well as on my brow bone. It really does create that extra oomph to make your complexion glow. I think I have used it practically everyday since I got it.

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Face Primer

I have recently gotten into face primers. I actually never knew about them until I got a mini one with a Bare Minerals foundation kit and now it is part of my regular makeup routine. Foundation just goes on way more smoothy with it underneath.

When I ran out of the Bare Minerals one I got a mini Nars one from Sephora as part of a sampler event for Beauty Insiders. Of course that lasted me like a few days so I knew I had to pick a new one up. Okay, let me just say, who knew how expensive these are?! Seriously, the cheapest one at Sephora is like $18, so naturally, I was like “okay, Wal-Mart time!”. I knew that Hard Candy does a line at Wal-Mart and thought that maybe they would have an affordable primer to try (I mean as much as I love primers and everything, it’s a part of your makeup that you don’t see). I found this one for like $8 and I really like it. It’s a bit greasy when you first put it on and I find I have to shake the bottle before I dispense it (it can get a bit runny) but it does its job and it’s affordable. Big plus!

Okay, this post is like super long now, I feel bad because I’m ignoring Ziggy. So I’m going to sign off, hope you enjoyed reading about my favourites for March and let me know what you were loving this month.

Until next time!

Neutral Love

What’s in the box??

It finally came!!  The makeup product I have been stalkerishly looking on the Sephora website for for the last like three months.  And no, not just once a day, I have been on there like three times a day.

Okay I’ll give you a hint… it’s been sold out FOREVER and they recently just re-released it with a brush and raised the price…

Wanna know??

 

 

 

Urban Decay’s Naked Palette! When I got the email from Sephora they had it back in stock I ordered it right away and started the two week waiting period for it to get to me. Which it did yesterday.

This beauty comes with 12 colours, some of which are exclusive to the palette, a mini primer potion, and their Good Karma brush.  Personally I would have liked the double-ended eyeliners because I have heard only good things about them and they are pricey by themselves, but I am so not complaining.  The brush itself is okay, a little stiff and it doesn’t feel like the best quality of bristles (I think my ELF Professional “C” Brush is better and it was like $3 at Target), and if you read the reviews from people they don’t seem to like it either.  I also read people were complaining about the price raise as well (like $4, come on!), but you know what?  Even with the price raise it’s still way cheaper than what people on eBay are selling it for (hello $60 shipping, you’re kidding me right?).

Anyways, I have only used four or so colours, so I haven’t fully tried it out as of yet.  I do have a full size of their Primer Potion (which is awesome by the way) so I didn’t even crack open the mini yet.

I may do a full review on it later when I fully give it a try, but as of first tries and glances, I really like it.  The colours are perfect and there doesn’t seem to be one that isn’t wearable for everyday (unlike other UD palettes).  Also, another huge plus is that the colours seem to be very pigmented, what you see is what you get.

I’ll probably do an update on this in a week or so to tell you my more in depth thoughts.  I probably won’t swatch it because you can easily find swatches of it on other blogs or just do a quick YouTube search for it.

In the meantime, let me know if you have picked this baby up yet?  I know it was available on Sephora.com for like a week after they got it in again (at my local Sephora there is a wait list for it – screw that!), but as of right now it is sold out again.  Urban Decay has had it on their online store a few times now, I would have ordered it from them but they don’t ship to Canada.  Oh well, I got it eventually. Good things come to those who wait.