Sunday, May 31, 2009

The new additions...

Happy Sunday! Before I enjoy this glorious sunday at work (boo), I decided to do a quick post about the 3 things I bought the other day while at my local Shoppers Drug Mart "Beauty Boutique". For those who don't know and care, Shoppers Drug Mart is the main drugstore chain in Canada, and some of their larger locations also have a separate "Beauty Boutique" section where they sell (overpriced) designer fragrances and high end beauty products from companies like Guerlain, Dior, Shiseido, Lancome, etc. Mine also carries Bare Minerals, Benefit, Clinique, Smashbox and Clarins amongst the before-mentioned brands.

Since my bronzer was down to one pathetic crumb, I decided to head over there in hopes to purchase a new Guerlain bronzer. After swatching things like a maniac, I decided against the Guerlain as it was just a bit too orange, and so I opted for Benefit's Hoola bronzer, since it seemed to mimic the colour that I naturally turn in the sun. I don't really like the square box packaging, but whatever.
Another thing that caught my eye was a lipstick that I had seen in one of the videos made by Nic from Pixiwoo - she used Benefit's "Jing A Ling" lipstick and it looked so pretty. I'm so glad I did because I have since worn this lipstick every single day. It has no scent or taste, but it glides on very smoothly and has a sheen to it similar to a MAC Slimshine, but with better lasting power.

Benefit Jing A Ling

As I was walking towards the cash register, I made a sharp turn and with a "what the hell - might as well try it" attitude, I bought the Dior Nude foundation. Now, I was matched with shade 022, which is pretty light... it's the 4th lightest shade they make and although it matches my paler face well, my neck and chest are a lot darker.
When I first put it on I was scared, but after about 15 minutes it oxidized and turned about a shade darker, which ended up working out. I love the consistency of it. I tried it when it first came out and I thought it was gross and smelled bad - the tester must have been a bad batch or something, because this one smells gorgeous and worked really well. I apply it with my hands.
It feels like nothing on my skin, and the finish it provides is "satin", but slightly less "satin" than the Chanel Pro Lumiere. This worked out well for me since my oily skin sometimes doesn't agree with Pro Lumiere and I end up looking way too shiny. I'm considering buying a darker shade and mixing them in order to customize it for my fluctuating facial skin tone. My Chanel Pro Lumiere is quite dark - shade 40, which matches my tanned skin perfectly. Maybe I'll even try them together! I'll post with the results when I do :)

And now on to last night - where I put all three new items to the test, and this was the end result, which I was quite pleased with:

Face: Diorskin Nude foundation, Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer, MAC MSF Natural, Benefit Hoola
Cheeks: NARS Deep Throat, MAC Redhead MSF
Lips: MAC Creme D'Nude, Benefit Jing-a-Ling, GOSH Nougat Crisp lipliner

Eyes: UDPP, MAC Bare Study Paintpot,
Tempting, Sable, Brule and Beauty Marked eyeshadows, Lancome black waterproof eyeliner, YSL Faux Cils mascara (which smells incredible, by the way).

Hope your weekend was excellent, I am now off to work :(


  1. You looking great girl! I was also working and after that I was shopping. That makes the day better!

  2. God, I can`t resist to say how beautiful you are.

  3. Lovely pic girl, you look great! :) And from what I can tell Hoola is a winner, maybe I should try it! :))) What shade are you in MAC terms? xx

  4. What a great post, I love the look of the lipstick colour! I need to be matched for the Dior Nude I was going to get it the other day but I was rushing! I love the eye combo too - making good use out of tempting & sable i see :)

  5. wow great haul, ive never tried hoola, i use the matt bronzer by mac when i want NO shimmer :) u look great! x

  6. thank you everyone!
    and Tina, I am NC35 in MAC (studio fix powder) right now!

  7. I love YSL Faux Cils mascara and use it every day. It never smudges which is why I love it so much!love the blog, check out mine if you get a chance x

  8. That is so funny, I make so many shart left turns and telling myself, "what the hell, I'll try it", lol! I swatched jingaling last week and have been toying with buying. I'm going today to Shoppers, hmmm, we'll see. You look so pretty in your pics. xxNadia

  9. haha i am a master of the sharp turns... i can't contain myself sometimes. thanks, nadia, i think you're stunning as well, and i love your blog :)

  10. I just got Jing a ling and am loving it! I think Benefit lippies are often underrated -- I have four of them now and love it.
    Your posts are such as good read!

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