Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Simple and Sweet

While the bracelet stacking trend has been getting gradually more popular over the past year (and which I do love, by the way) I wanted to take a break and scale back to simple and dainty pieces.
In this post I want to show you one of my favourite pieces of jewelry at the moment. It's a recent addition that I purchased on my weekend away to the US a couple weeks back and I have not taken it off since I left the store with it - a bracelet with cursive "love" written on it by Jennifer Zeuner


Her pieces are to die for and I'm seriously contemplating purchasing that silver cross one as well from Shopbop. I got my bracelet from an Intermix boutique but it was the only bracelet by her that they had.


I love everything about it - it's delicate and special. I also appreciate the fact that it has an adjustable length. I have tiny wrists so it's often difficult for me to find bracelets that fit properly. I like to wear it a little loose when I'm about to layer it with other things, or tight and more snug when I wear it by itself.

This is by far my most loved purchase of the month and it's something I will treasure for many months to come.

What jewelry have you been loving lately?

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in "Charm"

I am super excited to write this post because not only is it about one of my favourite lip products at the moment.


The product in question is the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain. Its name describes the product perfectly. It's a cute chubby pencil that offers the hydration of a lip balm while giving your lips a nice long lasting touch of colour. The colour that Revlon sent me is called Charm and it is the most beautiful soft muted peach. 



These are not sticky at all and they have a satin finish, making them perfect for layering with a gloss - my favourite glosses to wear with Charm have been Revlon Colorburst Lip Gloss in "Bellini" or Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Creme in Creamsicle.
The staying power is great. This lasts about 3 hours on my lips which is more than most lip products I use! It has a slight minty scent and it has no taste. The texture is smooth and you simply twist it up to get more product as you're using it up.


I am so excited about these! As far as I know, they haven't been released in Canada yet - I haven't seen them at the drugstore and I've been looking, but I do know that some ladies in the USA have spotted them at their local Walgreens/CVS/Target stores so they will surely be making their way into more stores shortly. I will definitely let you know if I do see them (make sure you follow me on Twitter) and I'm excited to pick up more colours!

Here's the best part - 10 of you can win one! As with my previous Revlon giveaways, please comment to this post with your name and e-mail address. In about a week I will randomly select 10 winners and e-mail you to inquire about your mailing address. This giveaway is open worldwide.
edit - giveaway now closed!

Hope your weekend is a great one :)


Sandra

Friday, May 18, 2012

Wet Hair Look with Revlon


This month's video is all about the ultimate "I'm lazy and it's so hot out" look.
Hair slicked back in a tight bun - I love to use those "spin pin" types of bobbi pins for that - a smidgeon of liner to define the eyes, a lightweight base and a slight rosy stain on the lips.



For my face I used Revlon PhotoReady Mousse Makeup. Shade 030 Nude was a perfect match for me (for reference, I am about a MAC NC25-30 at the moment).



The texture of this is very light and airy so it's suitable for the warmer months. A full pump dispenses a lot of product since it has a whipped texture so start light and build up if needed.
If you have normal/dry skin you can get away without powdering it throughout the day. The coverage is light, akin to a tinted moisturizer.


On the eyes I used a black Revlon Luxurious Color Smoky Crayon. This can be used all over the lid as a base for a dark smoky eye or as a liner (it has a little sharpener at the other end so you can keep the tip nice and sharp to use as a liner). I am using it as a liner for this look since in the summer time I like some definition to the lashline and a subtle smudged line does the trick.


For lips, the Revlon ColorStay Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm is nice for the summer because the stain part (the shade I use in the video is called Desire and it's a natural slightly rosy tint) lasts all day while the balm end keeps the lips hydrated. My lips are naturally quite pigmented so I'm interested in how the darker shades of these lip stains hold up! Desire lasted a good 4 hours on the lips and I never felt any dryness.



What's your low key summer look? What would you pair with a "wet" hairstyle?

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Face of the day - May 17, 2012

Another day, another face (featuring one of my favourite lip combinations as of late!)

Used another round of Clarins Liquid Bronze self tanner the night before. Summer "tan" is on its way :)

For face makeup I used NARS Tinted Moisturizer in the shade Alaska, MAC Earth to Earth blush - discontinued, from a mineralize blush collection a couple of years back.
On the lips I am wearing the new Revlon Kissable Balm Stain in the shade Charm (post on it to come... they are not out in Canada yet but a few people on Twitter have spotted them in the US already). Topped with my favourite gloss at the moment, Buxom Lip Creme in Creamsicle.



On the eyes I am wearing a sheer layer of NARS cream eyeshadow in "Mykonos" which is a beautiful colour but a pain to apply and has poor lasting power. Reformulate these, NARS!! In the outer corner I have a little bit of "Satin Taupe" eyeshadow by MAC and my eyeliner is MAC Kohl Power in "Raven". My mascara is Prestige My Blackest Lashes.

What are you wearing today?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Nail Polish Hoarding. So Hot Right Now.

I may have posted my Spring/Summer 2012 Nail Polish Picks video yesterday but that doesn't stop me from going HAM at the drugstore (Shoppers Drug Mart, for all my Canadian ladies) when I saw a shiny new Essie collection on display. Throw in a Sally Hansen glitter for good measure.


Seriously though how amazing are these shades? From pink to yellow - Lights, Camera and Action. The Sally Hansen glitter is called "Ring a Ding" and it's glorious. 
I heard that the yellow-orange shade "Action" is a pain to apply and I must agree... it's nowhere near as co-operative as the others and it does dry down darker. A great tip that I have to get it to show up true to colour is to use a white nail polish as a base (I'm sure that something like Butter London Nail Foundation could work too). 

I find neon nail polishes like these to be the perfect way to incorporate this summer trend into your "wardrobe" without shelling out the money on neon clothes and accessories. I personally am not the most colourful dresser so for me a splash of neon on the nails paired with airy blush, white and beige clothes for summer sounds just right.

What's your take on the neon craze?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Face Of The Day, May 15 2012

It's been a while since I've done a FOTD post so here I go! I've been rather minimalistic these past few days. I'm slowly getting back into a semi-regular self tanning routine so I find that less makeup is usually better as the skin starts to get a bronzy glow. Mind you the bronzy glow is barely visible in these photos but hey... I'm starting small (I use the Clarins Liquid Bronze self tanner for the face).

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in shade 52 (trying to use this up!! It's OK but feels a bit too heavy for my liking... it also doesn't last that well on my oily skin).
I also used generous amounts of Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel to warm up the complexion. I used no blush because I wanted a brighter lip!
I set my makeup with Chanel Loose Powder (click here to read my review of it).


On the eyes I used a very thin and blended layer of Laura Mercier Burnished Copper. These metallic cream eyeshadows are so great. If you liked Constructivist by MAC, Burnished Copper is a slightly warmer, easier to work with option. It also has wonderful staying power and looks stunning by itself as well as with other eyeshadows. I'm contemplating purchasing another one of these soon! A little goes a long way and their packaging is more efficient than the MAC Paint Pots since it's more airtight and won't dry out as quickly.
For mascara I went back to an old favourite, Prestige My Blackest Lashes (which you can find at Rexall or London Drugs in Canada). No eyeliner on the top lash line, just some Stila Topaz eyeliner on the waterline.
On the lips I wore one of my favourite lipsticks - Impassioned by MAC. It's a gorgeous bright coral pink. The finish is Amplified so it can really pack a punch when applied straight from the tube. To tone it down, like I did today, I just dab it on the lips and rub it in with my fingers in order to create more of a stain. It lasts all day and is a bit more wearable.

I will be blogging a lot this week since I am off work and I am feeling super inspired, so stay tuned :)

Hope you're having a great week so far.
xx

Sandra

Monday, May 14, 2012

Chanel Summer 2012 - Calypso & Holiday

Leave it to Chanel to put a little spring in my step today!

I made a completely random and unexpected trip to the Chanel counter while on lunch break from work the other day (these hour long lunches can prove to be quite dangerous with the mall in close proximity) and in less than a minute I walked out with these two beauties -


I got the Chanel Glossimer in "Calypso" and the nail polish in "Holiday", both from the Summer 2012 collection.


Calypso now becomes my first ever Chanel Glossimer, believe it or not. I've always been tempted by them but the colour and subtle shimmer of this gloss had me hooked. No brand does lipgloss shimmer as beautiful as Chanel. The shimmer isn't chunky - it's multidimensional and subtle. It only really can be spotted shimmering in the sunlight (like a Cullen! ha)


So perfect for summer! The nail polish in "Holiday" isn't a remarkable colour by any means but the formula is great (which isn't always the case with Chanel polishes) and the colour was unique to my collection... a warm burnt orange perfect to go with the gloss!

Here's the gloss by itself on my lips. The formula is wonderful. It's not super opaque but it's buildable enough to wear by itself. Not sticky, feels hydrating and has nice lasting power on the lips. 


If all Chanel Glossimers behave like this then I might be in some trouble :)

Hope your week is off to a great start.

PS: how good am I at being on a makeup buying ban? Epic fail.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

In & Out - May 2012

So while I have been majorly slacking from the beauty world (broken cars, work and a summer class have taken up my time), I did manage to enjoy/not enjoy some things:

IN

- Made In Chelsea. I can't even express my love for this show... the music, the fashion, the cheesy Francis scenes (riding on a horse in Dubai scene LOL), and the cutie Jamie... LOVE! I use Google to find streams of the episodes because I'm that desperate.



- Peach lip products. Coral peach, pale peach, bright peach - I've been loving them all. Dior Addict Extreme in Saint Tropez (a Sephora exclusive shade) is particularly amazing. Goes on smoothly and has fantastic staying power. 

A similar product that I've been obsessed with ever since I received it from Revlon has been the kissable balm stain in "Charm"... I will have a post on it to come but a few of my friends on Twitter have been tweeting about those things since they are currently available in the USA (haven't spotted them in Canada yet) and they are SO nice... much better than the lip butters, in my humble opinion :) 

- live music! I went to 2 concerts on the weekend, going to another one today (M83, Lemonade, Neon Indian, Polica) and Radiohead in June. So so excited. It's nice to be back into going to shows after a few year hiatus.

- Burberry eyeshadows. HEAVEN on your eyes, I tell ya. Scooped up Midnight Brown last week after the intense enabling from my good friend Rachel and I have about 3 more on my wishlist. However, I am banning myself from buying makeup this month so I will let you know how that goes in about 3 weeks! In a weird way, bans give me satisfaction because it really makes me use up and enjoy what I already have while I make room for new exciting things.

- Beats by Dre headphones

- neon orange nail polish (!!!!! on my toes right now and it makes me so happy)

OUT

- people who constantly try to sell shiz on YouTube. I can't watch those shameless plug videos anymore, sorry. Just doesn't appeal to me. I appreciate people trying to earn a living from YouTube but sometimes it just seems desperate and not genuine, ya know? It's unfortunate.

- Rain. Clouds. Grandma Sandra complaining about the weather again...

- running out of arugula

- running out of Nutella

- having to save up for a new car *cries*

Hope your week is going better than mine!

xx

Sandra




Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara

A couple of months ago I reviewed Giorgio Armani's Eyes to Kill Excess mascara and the time has come for me to lay out the verdict of the original version of this mascara - Eyes To Kill.



First let me say that I think the name and packaging of these mascaras is fantastic. You can find Giorgio Armani products sold at places like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus in the USA, or select Holt Renfrew department stores in Canada. Not sure where else in the world but I did see the brand at select Douglas stores when I was in Germany last summer. It's not a brand as readily available as other designer counterparts like Chanel or Dior.

Anyway, the Eyes To Kill mascara has had quite a few positive reviews so it had always been in the back of my mind to try. I have been using it for over 2 months now and while I do like it, it transfers on me... which means that I will not be repurchasing.
It's a shame since it really is a great product, I love the way the metal packaging feels - it's heavy and sturdy and easy to apply. The brush is a traditional bristle brush, which I like. Medium size so that it can get into the corners with ease.


It is a volumizing mascara. Not quite as lenghtening as the "Excess" version but it did give more thickness and the same amount of separation. It does offer more separation than Makeup Forever Smoky Lash, which is a "Holy Grail" mascara for me.
For some reason, and I'm not sure if it's just me, the formula of Eyes To Kill is more black than Eyes To Kill Excess.

left: one coat with Armani Eyes To Kill mascara
It holds a curl well throughout the day, but then again my lashes curl rather easily and I have never had an issue.
While it's a nice product it just didn't wow me and the fact that it transferred (keep in mind I do have oily eyelids and skin) is a dealbreaker for me. 
For the $30 price point, YSL mascaras deliver more punch in my opinion... or I can stick with my beloved Smoky Lash and Prestige My Blackest Lashes :)

I hope your week is going well and until next time! I've been a crappy blogger last month but I am hoping to redeem myself in May. Stay tuned.

x

Sandra
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