Thursday, December 20, 2012

My Current Skincare Heroes

Cue the angels singing, people - I haven't had any skin issues in over a month and I feel like this must be documented.
Last fall/winter my skin went dry and crazy, this past summer it went oily overload... I thought I lost hope. 
Slowly but surely, as I started incorporating some new products into my usual routine, my skin started getting really nice. Here are the standouts from the past couple of months, old and new:


If you would have told me I'd love a SOAP for my face, I would have thought you were crazy. On a particularly oily day I decided to give this a whirl with my Clarisonic. It balanced my oily skin so perfectly, I can't rave about it enough. 
Now, it's a bit drying for everyday use but twice a week I use this with the Clarisonic and it has kept the oil in check.
If you're in Canada, you can find Sibu products at some Rexall drug stores. The line is also available at Whole Foods or online.

This baby replaced my Alpha H Liquid Gold. It's a toner that contains 8% glycolic acid and I use it nightly. This costs less than the Alpha H Liquid Gold and it gave me more visible results. It helps fade some old post-acne scars and really helped refine my skin texture, especially on my cheeks!
Note: as far as I know, you can only get this brand at Canadian drug stores.

I raved about this in this blog post, so I won't go on in too much detail. Basically since I started using a glycolic acid toner on a daily basis I figured it was a good idea to buy a daily moisturizer with a good SPF in it in order to prevent against further darkening of scars.

I've been mentioning this baby in my skincare routine videos on my YouTube channel for over a year now. I bought it on a whim from Shoppers Drug Mart using my reward points and it has remained one of my "Lazy Sunday" staples. I use it about once a week if my skin is feeling dull and dehydrated. It contains a plethora of hydrating ingredients yet doesn't feel heavy or greasy on the skin at all. It just keeps the skin cells nice and plump, with a gorgeous refreshing scent!

Also purchased this on a whim a couple of months ago and I tend to use it as my night time moisturizer every other day. It sinks in effortlessly, hydrates my skin and doesn't contribute to oil production.

An acne-fighting best friend. I've been using this for years and it still remains my spot treatment of choice :)

In conclusion, I am embracing my skin going from super dehydrated oil slick to normal with oily tendencies in the T zone like a regular human. I think the mixture of keeping the skin hydrated and frequent exfoliation really agrees with me at the moment.

Have you made any new skincare discoveries lately?


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Jazzy Nails For Lazy People - Sally Hansen Nail Effects

On a recent stress-relieving outing to Shoppers Drug Mart I stumbled across a beautiful fully-stocked display of some Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail strips... on sale! They were $7 and you got some bonus points for buying two so naturally I grabbed a couple of boxes and the rest is history. I settled on a pretty and soft shimmery champagne polish strip with a black baroque-ish design.

Nail art has grown immensely in popularity over the past year. While I am not the most adventurous when it comes to nail colour/texture, these nail strip types of things have always caught my attention. I just always avoided trying it out because I thought it would be too difficult (hey - I can barely paint my own nails, I am easily intimidated!)


Long story short, I was up for an adventure last week so I picked up one of my boxes of nail strips and went to town:
  • you get more than just 10 of these adhesive strips (you get 8 options per hand) in order to accommodate most finger shapes
  • I don't know the exact science behind these things, but they smell like nail polish... so I am pretty sure they're made of nail polish. 
  • you just peel them off their backing, like a sticker, and stick them on your nail making sure that you selected the correct shape for the particular finger you are "painting". 
  • The instructions suggest you buff the surface of your nails first to get more grip for the adhesive polish strip but I didn't do that and still got good results. As long as you don't have any moisture/oily residue or debris on the surface of your nails, the adhesive strips should stick without a problem.
  • that's IT! I stuck the babies on like stickers, pressing tightly and making sure that the strip covered my entire nail. I then folded the strip over the edge of my nail and filed off the excess part of the strip... voila:

I was so surprised at how easy this whole thing was. In less than 10 minutes I did one entire hand. They lasted a whole week without peeling off. They claim to last up to 10 days but I removed them after a week just because I got sick of the design - I think that the particular design of it would look better just on an accent nail rather than on all my fingers.

*Note: I removed them with nail polish remover just like any ol' nail polish and it worked like a charm.

Anyways, this was a success! If you were wary of giving these things a try in the past because you're nail art challenged like I am, I promise you that you can handle these :)

I think they're such a cute way to jazz up a manicure especially for a holiday party of sorts. I have since picked up a sparkly gold one that I can't wait to try out. I also have some extra strips from the kit I used in this blog post that I plan on using as accent nails on a manicure with Chanel Vertigo nail polish.

Consider my nails officially JAZZED.

How do you feel about nail art? Have you tried these things?? I know I'm a bit late to the party...

x

Sandra

Friday, December 7, 2012

Revlon Diamond Lust Eyeshadow Look (and Giveaway)

The holiday season just wouldn't seem right without a sparkly, metallic high-shine eyeshadow in tow.
Silvers, golds, copper tones and bronze... I love it all.

In today's post I am sporting Revlon Diamond Lust Eyeshadow in the shade Night Sky.


Night Sky is a beautiful shimmery dark grey eyeshadow. There are small particles of silver glitter throughout. You can build the eyeshadow up really dark or use it on top of a black base for a more intense look (would be perfect for a New Year's Eve party!).



In the demo I opted for a more subtle approach by layering it on top of a soft matte brown base. The pigmentation was great when applied with fingers and a sponge tip applicator. A flat moistened synthetic brush can also help pack on the pigment as needed. Now since this colour is so dark and rich in glitter, I recommend doing your eyeshadow before any under-eye concealing just so you can easily clean up any fall-out.

The Revlon PhotoReady concealer in Light is a great match for my under-eye area, is easy to blend with fingers and provides good coverage. I've mentioned it in some of my favourites videos on my channel over the past few months :)

As for the lip - like with any sort of bold eyeshadow look I liked to tone it down and sport a paler lip. Revlon Super Lustrous lipgloss in Peach Petal is one of my favourite shades and one that I have owned for quite a while. It's a must for any nude lipgloss lover!

Now for the best part - the GIVEAWAY.

I will be giving away 10 of the Revlon Diamond Lust eyeshadows! As always, please comment below with your e-mail addresses or twitter usernames to enter the contest. I will pick the winners in 2 weeks and contact you for your shipping information.

What are some of your favourite eyeshadow combinations for holiday parties?

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Holy Grail Status: Murad Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30

I don't talk about moisturizers often because I dislike the majority of the ones I try. When you have combination/oily skin, moisturizing is often a big mystery. I was in the market for a new daily facial moisturizer since we are now getting into the colder months of the year and my skin needs a little extra something to protect from the elements.

Last year I raved about the La Roche Posay Toleriane lotion and while I still think that it is a great product for balancing out irritated skin and dry patches, I wanted something with a pretty decent SPF since I've been using a toner with glycolic acid in it on a daily basis (more on that later). When you're using products that contain chemical exfoliants (glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, etc.) it is recommended that you always use SPF during the day since those ingredients increase your sensitivity to the sun.



Enter my new skincare love - the Essential-C Day Moisture from Murad. I bought this on a whim from Sephora during their friends and family sale last month and I am so happy that I did. It's pretty out of character for me since I'm usually the type who sits and research 48723842 different products before biting the bullet and deciding on a thing to buy. 

"A daytime moisturizer for face and neck skin that’s packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants to create a facial lotion that’s not only refreshing, it’s also the key to beautiful, revitalized skin. This face cream from the scientific skin care experts at Murad restores skin from sun damage and the impact of the environment while also protecting against future damage."

Here's what I love about it:

- lightweight, sinks into the skin right away leaving it soft and plump
- very very faint citrus scent, which is nice
- it contains SPF 30 PA+++ which is great for my everyday needs
- it helped balance out my skin within a week
- contains vitamin C, which helps fade marks over time
- great to use under foundation
- only need a small amount for the whole face

I am a happy camper. Only downside? The price. At $60 it's not the most economical of products but a little goes a long way and the benefits are well worth your while. 

Note: I bought mine from Sephora, but for some reason I can't find the exact same product on the website. It might be out of stock at the moment, but click any of the links above for other stockists that carry the product!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Back on the taupe and brown eyeshadow train...

So that may be the dullest blog post title of all time but I'm hoping that you'll forgive me. Let's shift the focus on one of my favourite types of eyeshadow looks instead - taupe, brown, and easy.


I was feeling nostalgic and took out a couple of old favourite eye products - MAC Constructivist Paint Pot - and applied it all over the eyelids with my finger. I then took Bobbi Brown Hot Stone eyeshadow, which is a lovely dark matte cool toned brown and used it to line my eyes and to smoke out the lash line. I used it in the outer corner as well.


I then took a new addition to my makeup collection - Urban Decay Tease eyeshadow (which looks similar to Hot Stone in the photo but is a lot lighter, with a hint more purple and a satin finish) and applied it all over the lid with a fluffy crease brush for a light wash of colour on top of the paint pot.
Finished off with a bit of Burberry Almond eyeshadow (using the same crease brush) in the crease for a hint of warmth.

Here's the rest of my face makeup along with a full list of products used:


Eyes:
MAC Constructivist Paint Pot (link)
Bobbi Brown Hot Stone eyeshadow (link)
Burberry Almond eyeshadow (link)
Urban Decay Tease eyeshadow (link)
Hourglass Film Noir mascara (link)

Face:
Chantecaille Just Skin tinted moisturizer (got a sample of this in the shade Bliss and it's really nice) (link)
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in SC-4 (link)
Benefit Hervana Blush (link)

Lips:
YSL Rouge Volupte #1(link)
YSL Gloss Pur #7 (link)

Simple eyeshadow, using 2 brushes, and it stayed put all day! It's a combination that happened by accident but one that I'll definitely be repeating.

Hope your week is off to a great start. x

Sandra

Friday, November 16, 2012

Headbands, lipstick and more neutral daytime makeup (Revlon Giveaway!)

Ever since I started getting into Gossip Girl years ago when it first started (it's about time they put that poor show out of its misery) headbands became one of my go-to items.

I'm not one to fuss with or spend a lot of time on my hair, and I found that when my hair just wasn't cooperating - whether my roots needed touching up or it was looking flat - a headband always came to my rescue. Now, you can do the Season 1 Blair Waldorf thing and opt for bold and bedazzled pieces but I tend to always gravitate towards black textured headbands. My favourite places to get them are Forever21, ASOS and JCrew

Why black? Black blends in with my dark hair yet a with cool texture like sequins, leather, croc embossed, etc. 

Here's the natural look I wore with the help of a gorgeous new lipstick by Revlon (in their Super Lustrous line) called Pink Pearl. It's a brown/pink neutral lip colour with a hint of a pearly sheen and it glides on effortlessly.


This is the type of look that I wear almost daily for work. I work in an office environment so I can't exactly stroll in there with a neon coral lip no matter how tempting that may be sometimes haha.

On to the most important thing -

I have 10 of these stunning lipsticks to give away! So, as always, comment on this post with your e-mail address of Twitter handle in order to enter in the draw. Winners will be announced by the beginning of December :)

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Mulberry and Cruella - Autumn Face Of The Day

Here is a look that I've been wearing quite a lot recently. It's easy yet certainly packs a punch colour-wise (for me, anyway). 


As you'll see in the video, I'm getting to the very last drops of my YSL Teint Resist sample that I kindly got from a sales associate at Saks in the summer. I was complaining about the fact that got discontinued so she managed to squeeze out what she could from the last tester they had of my shades - #4 and #5... *sigh* I was hoping the Burberry Velvet foundation would compare but it just wasn't as nice. There's just something about Teint Resist that worked so well with my skin. The search continues!

As always, the full list with links of what I am wearing will be at the bottom :)


Face:
YSL Teint Resist Foundation (discontinued... cue sad violin music)

Eyes:

Lips:

Brushes Used:
foundation - Sigma F80
powder - MAC 129
bronzer - NARS Yachiyo
eyeshadow - Laura Mercier crease & smudge brush, MAC 217 & 224

Nails:
YSL #4 (super old, they have since changed their nail polish names)

Top:
High-Low Boucle Top (Forever 21)

Necklace:

Music:
Hooray For Earth "No Love"

Monday, October 29, 2012

Fall Fashion Wishlist - Casual


It's been a while since I've done any sort of fashion/wishlist post but there have been some things that I have come across in terms of fashion that have been on my mind this fall. Here are some of the things I am eyeing this fall:


1. Rag & Bone Jeans. These come in a few different shade/texture combinations but the dark green is probably my favourite. I love the dark paneling on the side and the small lambskin detailing. Perfect for fall or for night time any season!

2. All Saints Silk Blend Tank. I love pieces like this for layering in the fall. Quality is amazing and will definitely last you into the warmer seasons as well :)

3. All Saints Damisi Boots in Asphalt. Drool. That is all.

4. All Saints Black Wool & Leather Sleeves Cardigan. All Saints is killing it this winter. This cardigan is to die for. Edgy and dark - I can see myself wearing this for a lonnnnng time.

5. Forever21 Necklace. Big statement necklaces are fun to switch up a more classic neutral outfit. Especially for me in the fall when I tend to wear higher necklines. Throw on one of these shiny pieces to add a bit of spice :)

6. Forever21 Colorblock sweaters. I just saw these online last week and I think they'd make great everyday sweaters for school or a casual fall day.


In terms of makeup I'm really loving matte red lip colours and DITCHING the fake tan! *gasp*

What are you eyeing this fall/winter?

Hope all my readers on the East Coast are staying safe through the storm.

xx

Sandra

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Bright Lips On A Rainy Day

One of the easiest way to cheer myself up on a dark and rainy day is to bust out the bright lipstick. This fall, Hourglass came out with their new range of matte liquid lipsticks called Opaque Rouge... aaaaand they're amazing.

I mentioned my love for the shade "Canvas" before on my YouTube channel, but this time the shade Muse has all the attention. These lip products go on smoothly like a gloss (with a doe foot applicator) and immediately dry to a perfectly matte finish. 

They feel lightweight and comfortable on the lips. The product does tend to bunch up close to the inside of the lips throughout the day so a good exfoliation beforehand is key. Here is Muse in all its glory:


You literally have to scrub this off with makeup remover at the end of the day. Staying power is awesome. Since the colour is so loud (and I love love love it), I kept the rest of the makeup very minimal and just wore a bit of light brown eyeshadow in the crease, a bit of bronzer and liquid liner.


I highly recommend these lipsticks if you're on the search for something bold and matte to switch things up.

What are your favourite bold lipsticks?

Monday, October 22, 2012

Braided Hair & Nail Polish... (and a Revlon Giveaway!)


Happy Monday! Well, maybe less happy and more grumpy. It's raining and quite gloomy here today - the kind of weather that makes you want to stay in bed as long as humanly possible.

When I'm pressed for time and I have to do my hair, the trusty side braid is the only way forward. Here's one of my favourite ways to switch it up. It's simple and absolutely perfect for squeezing an extra day of wear out of your hair (just make sure to dry shampoo your roots).


Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel

I am also giving away some beautiful shades of Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel this month to 10 lucky readers. The shade I am wearing in the video is called Orient Express (which I paired with a Revlon Nail Art Stencil for a fin extra little something). These polishes go on so well - opaque in 2 coats and they literally do not need a top coat since they dry so quickly.

Make sure you comment on this post with you e-mail address/twitter username if you'd like to be entered to win one of their new shades for this fall/winter :)

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

On my face today... (Get Ready With Me)

Here's a peek at the current state of my makeup bag and what products have been under heavy rotation as of late:


I can't say enough good things about the new Clarins Mineral eyeshadows - they are so easy to work with and are a dream to work with and blend. I have my eye on a few more shades :)

As for the YSL Touche Eclat... I finally caved and purchased this cult highlighter pen last week. The texture really is wonderful and it's great to have in your bag for touch ups and a quick pick-me up after a long work day.

Here's a quick video of my go-to look this month. My friend Rachel inspired me to actually do a little something with the editing :)



Products Used:

Face
Dior Nude Concealer (shades 1 and 2 mixed)
Maybelline Age Rewind (Brightener)
YSL Touche Eclat (shade 2.5)
MAC Pro Sculpt Cream (Coffee Walnut & Accentuate)

Eyes
L'Oreal Liquid Liner (Carbon Black)
Dior Brow Styler
Anastasia Clear Brow Gel

Lips
Lancome Lipliner (Bronzelle)
MAC Plushglass (Big Kiss)

Music: About Today by The National

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Lip Product Of The Moment

If you follow my random ramblings on Twitter you've probably already heard me profess my love for this lip product. So here it goes again, with better photos!

This fall season I've embraced a makeup look that deviates a bit from my usual "cool toned purple taupe eyeshadow and nude lips" comfort zone. I've been wearing (and loving) lots of warm brown/bronze shades on the eye and embracing a slightly more defined lip. I started getting into lip liners - and a post on that will come soon - and I wanted an easy everyday "red" type of lipstick that was low maintenance and perfect for fall.

Ding ding ding, enter YSL into the ring.


I was perusing the aisles of Sephora last month and finally decided to take a closer look at their Volupte Sheer Candy range. They are, as the name suggests, very sheer yet buildable tinted lip balms with a very highly glossy finish. They are less pigmented than YSL Rouge Pur Shine lipsticks and even glossier.  When they first came out I remember trying a pale shade on and I was very disappointed, so I never really went back to check them out. They are also less pigmented than Revlon Lip Butters but glossier and more hydrating.

This time I felt "adventurous" and decided to actually give the darker shades a whirl. I tried a couple of shades in store and walked out with #7 "Sweet Fig". This, my friends, is my perfect easy red for fall :)



The packaging is to die for, as expected from YSL. The colour is lovely and warm, not too bright, and works well on my naturally pigmented lips. 



These aren't exactly marathon lipsticks (they are marketed as lip balms after all) so longevity isn't something I expect, but it does leave a nice stain behind and wears well, but they are meant to be reapplied throughout the day and they're so pretty and go on so smooth, I happily oblige :) 
It's low maintenance and something I enjoy using throughout the day, thus worth the splurge in my opinion.

Hope your week is going well!

xx

Sandra


Friday, September 28, 2012

Hair Product Blues... literally

I have been in the process of revamping my hair care routine over the past couple of months and I have come across some great and not so great products. Coincidentally they all come in blue bottles! 

Before I start, I should mention that my hair is long and fine. It is naturally wavy. I haven't had it coloured since July, but it had been previously highlighted so obviously there's some damage.

Here's the arsenal:


From left to right: Redken Extreme Anti-Snap treatment, Bumble & Bumble Sunday shampoo, Shu Uemura Muroto Volume Conditioner & Shampoo, Redken Extreme Conditioner & Shampoo.

Here's my roundup:

1) Redken Extreme Anti-Snap is a leave-in treatment that claims to strengthen hair that is damaged or processed and prevent further breakage. This works great to strengthen the ends of my hair and I have noticed less splitting of the ends since using it. I stick to using it about once a week since I find that if I use it every single time I wash my hair (which is about 3 times a week) it makes my hair feel a bit... crusty. Two pumps of it suffice for the mid-ends of my hair. Can't really say I've noticed a difference with regards to breakage in the rest of my hair, but then again my hair hasn't been as prone to breakage in the last couple of months since I stopped colouring/bleaching it. 

2) Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo is a clarifying shampoo meant to be used once a week. I like to use it every Sunday, like the name. This is easily the best clarifying shampoo I've ever used. It smells great, cleans the hair efficiently and leaves it shiny and smooth. I wouldn't recommend using this more than once a week, especially if you have colour-treated hair since it would possible strip some of the colour. Since I use dry shampoo throughout the week to refresh my hair and the odd spray of hairspray when I'm curling my hair, this is so great at removing all that buildup that my regular shampoo doesn't get to throughout the week.

3) Shu Uemura Muroto Volume Shampoo & Conditioner... it pains me to say this because the price point literally makes me want to cry... but these are bloody amazing. I've only used them twice but I could tell a difference right away. The first time I used them I didn't do anything afterwards - I just let my hair air dry and it still looked good. Usually my hair is limp and flat unless I use my Kevin Murphy Anti-Gravity spray at the crown and blow dry. Now, after the Muroto Volume range AND my Kevin Murphy Anti-Gravity spray, I have the best post-blow dry hair ever! My hair just feels clean, soft and volumized. The price point is crazy, though. Now since it is a line geared towards fine hair seeking volume, you don't need a lot of product. We'll see how long these bottles last - that'll be the true test of their value.

4) Redken Extreme Shampoo & Conditioner - these were so disappointing. Perhaps they would better suit someone with thicker more processed hair (lots of bleaching), but for me they just weighed my hair down so much that I would have to wash it daily aaaaaaaand they caused my back and shoulders to break out. No bueno!

What hair products have you been loving/hating lately?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Trend: Burgundy Lips (with Revlon) - Giveaway

This month's look made me so excited for fall.



I usually shy away from dark vampy lip colour but the Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Black Cherry was so beautiful and easy to use, I will be certainly rocking it this fall. 



Like with all dramatic lip colours, I prefer dabbing it in and blending the colour into the lips with my fingers for a more "lived in" stained look. You can always use a lipliner and lip brush for a more intense look, but I prefer the low-key stained look since it matches my personal style better.
The Super Lustrous lipstick line by Revlon is pigmented yet feels very lightweight on the lips. Black Cherry leaves a beautiful stain and can be built up to a more intense burgundy when applied straight from the tube. 

GIVEAWAY
I will be giving away 10 of these lipsticks in this post, so make sure you comment below with your e-mail address if you'd like to be entered. Winners will be chosen at random in 2 weeks :)

Finishing up the look:
To keep the focus on the lips, on my upper and lower lash lines I smudged just a little bit of the dark purple shade of my Revlon Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick in the shade Flare.


The mascara I used is the new Revlon Colorstay Overtime mascara, which reminds me of Lancome Definicils. It's a lengthening mascara that separates the lashes nicely and it literally works overtime. I had no flakes or smudges from morning until night, and had to use an oil-based eye makeup remover to take it off! If you have trouble keeping mascara on your lashes, definitely check this one out because I was impressed by its longevity.

Will you be embracing the bold vampy lip look this fall?

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Evening Casual Outfit

Here is what I wore last night to see one of my favourite bands! A couple of new items mixed with some old staples.



Makeup:

Hourglass Immaculate Foundation - Nude
MAC Careblend Pressed Powder - Medium Plus
Revlon PhotoReady Concealer - Light
Dior Nude Bronzer - Amber 02
Benefit blush - Hervana
Laura Mercier eyeshadows - Rosewood, Black Coffee
Shu Uemura Painting Liner
YSL Faux Cils Shocking mascara
Hourglass lipstick - Grace

Outfit:

sweater - h&m (current season but I couldn't find it online)
scarf - Guess (link to same one)
leggings - Juicy Couture
boots - Tommy Hilfiger
clutch - Zara (similar one here)



Thursday, September 13, 2012

Get Ready with Me: My Everyday Look for September

I've been doing this makeup look 90% of the time so far this month and a lot of these products are sure to creep their way into my favourites video at the end of the month. It's simple and looks put together, and it lasts well throughout the day. 

Insert action shot of video here:


The Laura Mercier metallic eye creams are quickly becoming my favourite ever and I have now completely replaced my (dried out) MAC Paint Pots with them. So much easier to work with and better pigmentation.

I am also in a weird rut with my hair. A part of me wants to just let it keep growing out for the next month since I can't decide on whether to retouch the roots with a few strands of  brown or just colour it all something dark and rich. Decisions, decisions!!

Anyway, here's the video of how I did this look and as always, links and names of all the products I used are below:



Products Used:

Face
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer in #3

Cheeks
Dior Matte Bronzer in 02

Eyes

Eyebrows

Lips

Nails

Top

Music - Super Rich Kids by Frank Ocean


Hope you enjoyed the little video and I hope your week is going well!

xx

Sandra

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24h Foundation: My Impression


I got a sample of this foundation a couple of weeks ago and I have been wearing it pretty much every single day in order to test it out and figure out if it's something I'd buy full size or not at the end of the trial - the sample was quite generous, I have about a month or so of use left! (Link)
The name and claims of this foundation seem quite lovely: 24 hour wear, comfort, retouch-free, DIVINE perfection! Long story short, I like it... but would I purchase the full size? Probably not. Not because it's a bad product by any means, however I just have tried foundations that I enjoy using more (YSL Teint Resist, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua) so I know that there is "better" out there for me.

To recap, my skin type is combinaton oily and rather sensitive/acne prone. In MAC shades I am somewhere around NC25, and B20 in Chanel.

Here's what I liked about it:
Great colour selection - I was matched to the shade 230 Buff W. Their naming system is super confusing and it took me a while, but they have tons of subtle undertone variations so you are bound to find a good match in the range
Medium buildable coverage - this foundation is a true medium coverage. You can build it up easily or sheer it out with a buffing brush (which is what I prefer).
Very comfortable on the skin - unlike similar foundations (i.e. Estee Lauder Double Wear/Double Wear Light, Chanel Mat Lumiere) this did not feel heavy or cloying at all on my skin. Very comfortable and lightweight.
Nice finish - I'd call it a semi matte. 
Doesn't oxidize

What left me wanting more:
Looked frightening when used with fingers - this isn't a big deal since I prefer using a buffing brush anyway (Sigma F80 or Sephora 45, namely) but the first time I applied this foundation with fingers it was really gross. Hard to work with and sank in all the pores.
Only lasted well if used with a primer and powder - by itself, this literally lasted 2 hours on my oily skin before I needed to blot. Keep in mind that this foundation claims to last 24 hours and is "retouch free"...with that being said, it did work great on top of Hourglass Mineral Veil, but that really is a testament to that primer itself and not to the ability of this foundation.
Transfers easily - this transfers slightly more than my Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. It still maintains a lot of pigment after blotting and looks OK, but keep in mind when wearing white shirts!

Today I wore the foundation without the primer, set with powder and after about 8 hours it completely slid off my nose. This doesn't usually happen with foundations for me. 

My favourite way of wearing this product (and the way I got the best results) was on top of Hourglass Mineral Veil primer and set with Chanel loose powder. When I didn't use powder/primer or when I powdered with something like MAC Careblend powder I still found the need to blot within 2-3 hours or so. I don't mind blotting, however when a foundation claims to last 24 hours and all that jazz, I would expect something slightly longer lasting. 

Like I mentioned before, it's the same type of wear I get with Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation, and that is a foundation that doesn't claim to last ages on the skin and it has a finish/coverage I prefer over this one.
Therefore, Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H, I will not purchase you once I am through with my sample.

I hope this was useful for some of you who have been wondering about this foundation. Keep in mind that my skin is combination but on the oily side. If you are combination/dry or normal, you will probably have better results with this than I did! I do like that Lancome has such a great colour range and the formula had no scent at all... maybe I'll try one of their powders in the future.

Have you tried this foundation? Any other Lancome recommendations for me? I really haven't used much by them aside from the odd lipliner or mascara.

xx

Sandra

Monday, September 10, 2012

In With The New...

While I've been busy trying to use up a bunch of products (a video will come soon, it's a lot of skincare/haircare), there has been a handful of new items that are making me very happy lately...


1 - Chanel Vertigo nail polish from their Fall 2012 collection. It's currently my pedicure colour. It's a murky, interesting dark grey with some purple duochrome (think of it as OPI Suzi Skis The Pyrenees and Chanel Paradoxal's love child). Some awesome swatches of it here if you are interested. It goes opaque in one coat and is easy to apply.

2 - Pai Camelia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser. I ran out of cleanser and have been wanting a change. Now it's still early days since I only ordered it online a couple of weeks ago but I have loved this so much the few times I have used it, I can't help but sing its praises. The packaging is beautiful, too, and it comes with a little muslin cloth.

3 - the new Hourglass Opaque Rouge liquid lipsticks. I had the product kindly sent to me by Hourglass and I am utterly impressed. The most comfortable to wear yet opaque and matte lip colour... I have only tried the shade "Canvas" yet but there are some amazing reds/corals in the line as well.

Any new discoveries for you lately?

I'm still trying out Lancome Teint Idole foundation and a review on it will be up soon. Only problem is that my skin is still violently breaking out from something and it may or may not be that foundation. *sigh* stay tuned.

Hope your week is off to a great start!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Get Ready With Me (Last Night's Makeup)

Had the pleasure of getting together with some great friends over the weekend (most of which I had been friends with since grade school and high school!) and I filmed my getting ready process.
These videos remain some of my favourite to watch and film.


I had to bust out my "highest coverage" foundation that I own - Bourjois Healthy Mix - due to the fact that this month I had some sort of reaction to something (still trying to figure out what) and I had some of the worst breakouts around my chin that I've had in the past couple of years!
Some pin-point concealing and "Holy Grail" products definitely helped to clean up the mess.
I didn't show it in the video, but I did prime my skin with La Roche Posay "Cicaplast" - which is a dermal recovery complex aimed at stressed out/damaged skin and is supposed to aid in regeneration. I always turn to it when my skin is reacting badly to something or is over-dried from harsh acne-fighting ingredients. 
Oh and I also caved and ordered Alpha H Liquid Gold, which is a glycolic acid type of serum, in hopes of it helping me clear out the acne scar mess that I will be left with after these breakouts!!
I'll be sure to keep you updated in the coming weeks.
Here's the video:


Products Used:

Eyes
Laura Mercier brushes: Crease, Pony Tail
Chanel eyelash curlers


Face
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in #52
Diorskin Nude Concealer (shades #1 and #2 mixed)
Sonia Kashuk concealer brush

Lips

Music: Bloc Party - "Day Four" (from their new album Four which comes out tomorrow!)

Thank you for watching :)

x


Friday, August 17, 2012

Ombre Nails & Revlon Nail Enamel Giveaway! **CLOSED**

If you're feeling adventurous when it comes to nail colour for the upcoming season, why not give the ombre nail trend a try? It's a fun and easy way to "lighten up" a simple outfit (I'm a creature of habit and wear as much black as possible on a daily basis... oops).



Revlon Nail Enamel is amongst the favourite of drugstore polish brands and for good reason - they constantly update their collection with exciting colours that stay on trend and they come at an affordable price :)


In the video I am wearing the shades (from left to right) Pink Chiffon, Posh Pink, Fuchsia Fever, Plum Seduction and Impulsive. They all went on perfectly with 2 coats... Impulsive is probably my favourite, and that one only needed 1 coat, but that's another story :)

I will be giving away 10 Revlon Nail Enamels to 10 random readers in the comment section, so make sure to enter by leaving a comment below with your e-mail address. If you do not wish to give me your e-mail address you can let me know and I can contact you via blogger (or Twitter, if you'd like to leave me your user name).

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Hope your weekend is off to a great start. What is your favourite nail polish colour/trend at the moment?

x


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Girl, Interrupted

I had all these majestic plans for Blogust until my summer semester courses started kicking me in the butt... while I am buckling down to get all my final projects finished (I get a joyous two weeks off at the end of August/beginning of September) I will have to put the blogging on hold.

Be prepared for a plethora of posts and videos by the end of the month, though ^_^
I am really enjoying the makeup I already own and while Fall 2012 collections are tempting, I want to use up more things in my collection.
I may cave and get myself a little somethin' for my birthday August 31st but I'll keep you posted!

Hope your week is great and I'll be seeing you sooner rather than later. You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram (@5andra_) for small blurbs in the meantime.

xx
Sandra

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Blogust 3: It's late and here's my FOTD

I've been trying to rotate some of the makeup in my collection in order to keep myself entertained while on a little makeup buying ban/project 10 pan mission...
My "everyday look" still looks pretty similar and I've still really been into brown eyeshadows. It's the only colour I've been reaching for as of late - one simple sweep of colour all across the lid and some sort of deeper colour to line the eyes. It's easy and chic, the rest of the face kept neutral.
I'll be doing a post of some of my favourite all over the lid brown shadows soon!

Products Used:

Giorgio Armani Master Corrector #1
Dior Brow Styler
Anastasia Clear Brow Gel
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
L'Oreal Lineur Intense in Carbon Black

music: Rebellion - Arcade Fire

On my nails I am wearing Oh La La by Laura Mercier.

Hope your weekend is a great one :)

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Blogust 2: Pre-Fall Dreamin'

I know it's only August but all the Fall 2012 lookbooks are coming out (and makeup collections - but that's another story) and it's making me yearn for those crisp breezy fall afternoons when you can stroll through the city with a light jacket and enjoy the day.
I have a weakness for blazers and often use them as "outerwear" when weather permits. I can never really have enough of blazers or light jackets as I think they can really add to an outfit and bring it all together.

Here are some of my favourite picks for the upcoming season:


             1. Urban Outfitters                                2. ASOS                                  3. ASOS

Zippers & Leather:


                             4. Forever 21                                                   5. byCORPUS

Small Details:


                      5. Urban Outfitters                                                       6. Urban Outfitters


What are you eyeing for the upcoming fall?

Some amazing print combinations are also catching my eye... sigh... all in due time :)

Hope your week is going well! 

x

Sandra

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Blogust 1 - Nude Nails All Day

Over the entire past month I have been enjoying my nails getting in the best shape they have ever been thanks to hopping back onto the OPI Nail envy bandwagon. I bought it on eBay (link to seller I used here) a few months ago and it didn't take long for me to see results. My nails just got stronger and looked nicer. As I do with many things, I started slacking and got distracted by some other products... my nails then went back to their old peeling and weak selves.

I gave Essie Fill The Gap a try and while it works nicely at creating a nude canvas for nail polish, it just doesn't work at nourishing the nail as good as OPI Nail Envy.


This month I went running back to Nail Envy - I use the original formula. Two coats on bare nails, then I paint them. I change my polish about every 3 days so then I start back up with two coats on bare nails again. To keep myself motivated to maintain pretty nails, I have been wearing sheer neutrals such as my old faithful Sugar Daddy by Essie.


It's sheer (this is with 3 coats) yet makes my hands look clean and fresh. It's not too pink or peach, just a great neutral... a perfect option for when you're in need of a break from all the funky colours of the season.

What's on your nails?

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