Friday, June 29, 2012

Bouncy Blowout & Makeup Look with Revlon

Happy Friday!

Here's another look that I created using some of the same makeup products I mentioned a couple of weeks ago - something easier and super quick, which is what I prefer in the summer time.

For the eyes, again the product I used is the Revlon Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick in the shade Flare. I still have a giveaway open so if would like to enter to win one, make sure to comment on this post with your e-mail address to be entered to win :)
It's a nice product, easy to work with and dries to a powdery finish. The colour is long lasting and the quality is on par with the more expensive Urban Decay shadow pencils (I actually think the Revlon ones are much easier to work with!)

I added a touch of black pencil liner close to the lashline because I don't feel complete without black liner but you can feel free to bypass this step.

For mascara I am using Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume mascara again, which I have been using for a while now and the tube is still going strong. It's a mascara that I reach for on the days when I want lashes to look more defined yet still voluminous. Sometimes I'm into thick clumpy dramatic lashes but the Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume mascara will make you very happy if you seek separation and volume since this mascara does not get clumpy on me at all. It also doesn't transfer, which is nice. It reminded me of Benefit They're Real mascara due to the wand, so if you are a fan of that mascara, give the Revlon a shot.

Last but not least, I'm still singing praises to the Kissable Balm Stain in "Charm". It's shaping up to be my favourite lip product of the summer and tomorrow I shall embark on a search at various drug stores in my area to try and see if they're released in Canada yet - some ladies in Vancouver have spotted them at Superstore so hopefully I will get lucky here in Ontario so I can check out some other colours! Follow me on Twitter if you'd like to know how the search goes. Charm is a gorgeous pale peach shade.

I hope you all had a great week and expect a slew of blog posts coming up in the next few days. I've been slacking.

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Seven Things

I haven't done one of these posts in a while, so I figured it was time.
I compiled a little collage/list of some of the things that are currently on my radar - as you can see I'm bravely stepping out of my neutrals/black rut (hey - I'm trying) and have my eye on quite a few coloured or printed items.

Here we go:

1. Rebecca Minkoff printed blazer - I'm a sucker for Ikat print and always have been.
2. J. Crew necklace - this plus white/beige dresses, blouses, tanks = a winner. Would also look amazing with a white swim suit at a pool party
3. Forever 21 cutout shoulder top - nice colour, and shoulder cutouts are sexy yet subtle.
4. Tibi printed shorts - Ikat print strikes again, and Tibi always gets it right. 
5. Jennifer Zeuner hamsa hand necklace - love the little diamond. I've been so happy with my Jennifer Zeuner love bracelet that I hardly ever take it off... she makes great quality pieces that stand out.
6. DVF Harper Connect bag - love LOVE the look and concept of this bag. I wish I had an iPad so I would have an excuse to buy it :P
7. Buxom Lip Cream in White Russian - I still want this. Need another lip product like I need a hole in the head but ya know...

I should probably also add the entire Zara Woman summer collection but since Zara doesn't ship to Canada or accept Canadian credit cards on their site (and the closest store is a mere 4 hours away) I shall boycott it from my wishlist as protest. Can't a Canadian girl catch a break? Come on! ^_^

What are you into at the moment?

Monday, June 18, 2012

Summer Skincare Finds from Bioderma

Ah, summer time... the sun is shining, the birds are singing, aaaaand my skin is an oily mess.

Luckily a couple of weeks ago as I was perusing the skincare aisles of my drug store in search for something new (I had used up the last bits of La Roche Posay and Avene skincare) and the Bioderma Sebium range caught my eye. The entire range is designed for oily/combination skin that is acne prone. Ding ding!

I picked up two things:
Sebium Mat, which is a sebum-regulating lightweight daytime moisturizer and Sebium AKN which is also a lightweight lotion that is supposed to help clear out congested pores and blackheads over time. I've been using it at night after I cleanse and tone.

While I can't exactly say that Sebium Mat does anything revolutionary in terms of mattifying my skin or helping with oil production, it does feel nice and hydrating while being lightweight. Feels nice and refreshing in the morning and I am enjoying using it so far.

The real winner for me so far is Sebium AKN. It reminds me of the old formula of my beloved La Roche Posay Effaclar K before they went and made it all funky on me. It has helped keep congested/blocked pores at bay while feeling hydrating and refreshing when applied. It can be used morning or night... I mainly use it at night but if I'm feeling extra gross I will use it in the morning as well instead of the Sebium Mat. It works well in conjunction with my spot treatment, which is still Effaclar Duo by La Roche Posay... I apply that on any blemishes as the final step of my skincare routine before I go to bed, if I have any!

The only down side? Sebium AKN is only 30mL, costs $27 and I can see myself going through about a bottle of this stuff every 2 months. They do make a Sebium AI lotion that's supposed to be more intensive and help prevent the proliferation of acne-causing bacteria but so far I'm happy with AKN and Mat in my summertime skincare routine.

Do you change your skincare routine in the summer time? What products do you reach for?

Friday, June 15, 2012

Beachy Waves & Makeup Look with Revlon

I got to try some fantastic products for this look!

Just try to ignore my lazy eye, it's out in full force in this video o_O

First, the Revlon Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick (the one I am using is "Flare") was easy to blend and buildable. It's part of a new range of long-wearing shadow sticks coming out this summer. I believe they're available in the USA already and will be slowly rolling out into Canada and the rest of the world in the coming weeks :)

It's a cream to powder texture that lasts a long time without creasing, even on my oily eyelids, which is saying something.

The shades in "Flare" really flatter brown eyes.

Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume mascara, which I have mentioned on the blog before on a couple different occasions, is a great everyday mascara. It gives good volume without clumping and separates the lashes nicely. The wand has bristles at the very tip as well so that you can easily access the inner and outer corner of the eye and capture every lash! 

On the lips I have opted for one of my favourite combinations as of late, the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in "Charm" (still haven't seen them in my area in Canada, but they're supposed to pop up by the end of this month) paired with a Revlon Colorburst lip gloss in "Bellini", which was released earlier in the year as part of their Summer 2012 "Escapism" collection - the shade itself is not limited edition, though.

What new products are you excited for this summer?

Again, Revlon kindly is giving away 10 of the new Colorstay Smoky Shadow Sticks to 10 of you, so as always make sure to leave me your name and e-mail address (or Twitter username if you don't want to give out your e-mail) and I will randomly choose the winners in the next couple of weeks.

edit - the giveaway is now closed.

Hope your week was great, and that the weekend is even better :)

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Pros and Cons of Cheap Rings

If you follow me on Twitter of Facebook you'll know that I've been lamenting over Maison Martin Margiela rings for a long time. Deterred by their $500+ price tag, I was so excited to see that ASOS had come up with an "inspired" version for just under $14.
Um, hello! Obviously I clicked "buy" and in less than two weeks they showed up in my mailbox (free shipping, which is always an added bonus).

One set comes with 3 adjustable rings.

They come in silver and gold, and I opted for the gold version a la Rosie from Made in Chelsea.

They're bold and edgy yet simple due to the clean lines. I really love the design. On my nails I'm wearing Ski Teal We Drop by OPI.

The con?

After not even 3 times wearing them (and keeping them away from water, mind you), they started tarnishing and turned all gross.

They still look decent and wearable from afar but it's definitely disappointing.

Perhaps another store will come up with a slightly more sturdy "inspired" version.

Have you had any jewelry disappointments lately?
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