Tuesday, July 31, 2012

In & Out... and Blogust 2012

IN


- that's right... BLOGUST. I'm blogging every day in August. It's my birthday month and I have a ton of ideas for posts.  Hope you'll stay tuned with me.

- Nude/neutral nails

- this outfit (I'm such an Olivia Palermo fangirl, I can't help it sometimes)


I've been trying to scout the internet for a similar blouse and came across this gem from Equipment. I am a sucker for a good blouse. It's a shame I'm on a self-imposed spending ban.

- makeup primers. I currently have 3 on rotation and I love them all for different reasons (Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer, Hourglass Mineral Veil, Hourglass no. 28 Primer Serum) depending on how my skin is feeling. For every day, Revlon is great in the T-zone for filling in pores. The Hourglass Mineral Veil I like for night time because it makes my skin feel super smooth and it's more lightweight. The Hourglass Primer Serum I save for when my skin is feeling unbalanced (either too oily or with dry patches... I will review this in more detail later on)

- Henri Bendel home fragrances

- guacamole

- THE OLYMPICS! I love love love the Summer Olympics, and it's been great having something exciting to watch when I come home every afternoon haha

- Alexander Wang's T by Alexander Wang Fall 2012 campaign.


OUT

- humidity... come on, man. Makes it impossible to enjoy the sunshine.

- construction

- washing my brushes. I'm seriously so lazy, but I will have to succumb and do it at some point o_O

- being a lazy bum. 


How has your July been? Any exciting plans for August? 

x

Thursday, July 26, 2012

My Daily Summer Makeup


I got into a bit of a routine this summer (give or take a concealer or lip gloss here and there) and this is more or less the everyday makeup look I've resorted to when I'm not aiming for something special nor looking for remarkable staying power - with the NARS Tinted Moisturizer I have to carry some sort of powder compact to blot away the shine in the T-zone as the day goes by. 

All in all, this look is easy and takes me about 10 minutes to do each morning. I've been wearing it to school (oh the joys of summer courses), work, or just stepping out for coffee with friends. Here's how it goes down:



Products used:
NARS Tinted Moisturizer in shade "Alaska"
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer in shade #3 (only available in the UK)
MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner in "Petting Pink"
Dior Matte Bronzer in shade 02 "Honey" (discontinued)


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Earring Love (Kenneth Jay Lane)

I have had these earrings for a couple of months now and just had to share the love. They are pretty much all I have been wearing since I made the purchase and I almost always get compliments on them.
After a couple of failed attempts at Swarovski studded earrings (some turned my ears green, some lost crystals after mere weeks of wear) I made a rather impulse buy on Shopbop when I saw these babies:


They are by Kenneth Jay Lane, and they are the most beautiful and shiny CZ stud earrings. They are comfortable, timeless, and the posts don't irritate my ears even after wearing them for days on end.


They are quite large and I love the way the delicate setting of smaller stones enhances the center stone.

What can I say? I am a happy camper. If you love them as much as I do, you can find them here (they arrived in 2 days and customs charges weren't too painful).

I am now off to read about the KStew - RPatz celebrity drama.

Hope you're having a great day :)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Project 10 Pan Revisited

This happens to me every other season... I get stuck in a rut, I am distracted by new collections and I feel ashamed about a growing makeup collection that doesn't get enough love. So I am embarking on another project 10 pan challenge, meaning I shall try my hardest to use up 10 old products before I even start to think about any of the juicy new makeup items coming out with the Fall 2012 collections.
I find this incredibly satisfying and the perfect excuse to try new things once the challenge is complete!
Here's a sneak preview of what I'm trying to use up before moving on to new pastures -


Some gems, some duds... will be sure to keep you updated as I go along :)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Bronze Basics - Face Of The Night

I got super excited combining two foundations in order to get the proper colour match. The effect was amazing, long lasting and just overall good news especially if you're an oily skin girl like me.
I have also been in a Burberry makeup rut (not a bad thing) and forgot about some old favourites, which have been brought back from the dead to do last evening's makeup.


Here's what I wore:


I combined my new Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme foundation (not available in Canada yet, but should be available by the end of August) since it was too light for me, so one dollop of the Revlon and one pump of Hourglass Immaculate Foundation in Nude on a Sephora 45 brush did the trick perfectly.
Did not need to be set with powder and lasted throughout the night with no touchups. I went to the washroom after a few hours to blot like I usually do and I was so excited to look in the mirror and not see a greaseball. I highly recommend either of the 2 foundations if you have oily skin and want something that has medium coverage yet feels lightweight on the skin.


Face:
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer in SC-4 (hands down my favourite concealer for blemishes)
Diorskin Nude Concealer #1 & #2 mixed (under the eyes)


Eyes:
Laura Mercier eyeshadow in Coffee Ground (lower lashline, outer corner)
L'oreal Lineur Intense eyeliner in Carbon Black

Lips:
Annabelle Lip Liner in Demure
Buxom Creamsicle lip gloss


Hope you're all having a great weekend :D


Friday, July 20, 2012

Need. More. Peplum.

I'm dying for some peplum in my wardrobe and it has to happen soon. I am late on the bandwagon but this is such a beautiful, flattering and feminine structured silhouette. Here are some of my favourites from the interweb, prices both low and high... (I know that Zara and H&M have some available as well but Zara is pretty much non existent where I live and my local H&M has the most questionable selection known to man).

 



Y'all know I like my clothes plain :)

Do you have any peplum tops in your wardrobe? Do you get a lot of wear out of them? Is it something worth investing it or just a fad? I personally thing it's quite flattering and thus will be a timeless piece for any woman's wardrobe. 

xx

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Shiseido Sheer Mattifying Compact Foundation

I purchased the Shiseido Sheer Mattifying Compact foundation from my local Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique a few weeks ago and have gotten the chance to use it numerous times in different ways so it's time for a review.

These are the claims from Shiseido:
  • Ultra-fine powders fit seamlessly onto skin to minimize the appearance of pores, dullness, spots and freckles while providing sheer coverage.
  • Contains Super Oil-Absorbing Powder to target excess oil and maintain a fresh-looking finish.
  • Formulated with moisturizing ingredient, Super Hydro-Wrap Vitalizing DE.
  • Contains Micro-Smoothing Complex,* a Shiseido-exclusive ingredient that protects against the harmful substance that accelerates decline in barrier function, which can cause skin roughening.
Hmmmm...
Long story short - I like it, but I would not repurchase.
Before I start I should mention that I own the foundation in the shade B20, and that it matches me well but not perfectly. They claim it has a true beige undertone but I swear it is a hint too pink for me.

In terms of coverage, it has a buildable medium coverage. Not as full as something like MAC Studio Fix Powder, but slightly more buildable coverage than the likes of Chanel Double Perfection. I apply this with my Sephora #45 brush, although it works just as well with a regular kabuki brush or a fluffy powder brush if you just want a light coverage.

It has an SPF of 22 which is great. It retails for $30 - with the compact retailing for a separate $9, so that next time you'd only have to purchase the $30 refill. I did not bother buying the compact and I make do with the little refill tray.



Here's what I liked about this foundation:

- extremely finely milled, it was super easy to blend into the skin without it looking powdery and overdone... it was almost like a creamy powder, if that makes any sense


- I like the fact that it comes in a refillable compact and that it has a reasonable SPF

- doesn't oxidize/change colour throughout the day

- does not look cakey when applied

- did not cause any breakouts or clogged pores


As you can see, a couple of hours into me wearing this foundation and it properly settled in, it doesn't look like a powder one bit. It photographs quite nicely as well... however, this brings me to my main disappointment with it, and that is staying power.

When I wear this as a foundation, I merely get about 4 hours of wear until I need to blot or else all hell (and oil) breaks loose. This makes it about as long lasting as my NARS Tinted Moisturizer in terms of oil control and for a "Sheer Mattifying Compact" foundation, I expect more. Once I blot, the foundation lifts off the face with the blotting sheet and needs to be reapplied, and then it can look a bit cakey. It tends to settle in to any large pores (for me it is around the nose) as the day progresses although this can be combatted if you use a pore refining primer underneath.

Shiseido Sheer Mattifying Compact works a lot better for me if I just use it as a setting powder in the T-zone/chin area on top of a liquid foundation. I find it to perform better that way, although I am disappointed that it can't hold its own on me as a foundation. It just didn't wow me.

The purpose of a powder foundation, to me, is to be a quick and easy "on the go" option for those hot summer days. I had much better lasting results with Chanel Mat Lumiere Powder (or Chanel Double Perfection, as it's known in the US) so I think that once I use this up, I may go back to that one... 

What are your thoughts on powder foundations? 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Shoe Of The Day?

I want these!

Jeffrey Campbell usually makes me raise my eyebrow with some of his designs but these are too sexy to fault. I wish they weren't suede since I tend to ruin all things suede but this sexy pair of sandals is just what the doctor ordered :)


What do you think? Should I or shouldn't I?

You can find them here (and the fact that they're free shipping helps a lot too... haha)

xo

Monday, July 16, 2012

Get Ready With Me / FOTD

I like to be able to use music I actually listen to and love for my Get Ready With Me videos (which I love filming) but it's hard when even generic iMovie music gets me warnings from YouTube for copyright infringement. So I'm trying something different, and I hope you enjoy!

This is the makeup I wore yesterday, full list with product links (as I was able to find them) is below. I did not include brushes since I have a separate video on all the brushes I like to use which you can check out here if you had any questions. 


Dior Matte Bronzer in "02 Honey" - discontinued
MAC Brulee eyeshadow (all over the lid)
L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in "Bronzed Taupe" (all over the lid, outer corner, bottom lashline)
MAC Wedge eyeshadow (in crease)
MAC Carbon eyeshadow (upper and lower lashline)

The End!

Hope you are having a great day :)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Cat Eye Look & Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme Makeup

Here's the look I created this month with some exciting Revlon products:


First and foremost, the new Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme Makeup makes me very happy. I love the packaging (it reminds me vaguely of the Chanel Teint Innocence foundation) and the product is awesome. 


It doesn't feel greasy at all, it is lightweight and the coverage is medium but buildable. I prefer light-medium finishes so it was easy for me to sheer this foundation out with my buffing brush. It works just as well, if not better, when applied with fingers to get slightly more coverage. I did not need any concealer with this foundation. The finish is matte but not dull.


The shade I am using in the demo is 150 Buff, and I am a bit too dark for it at the moment which is why I had to pack on the bronzer. The foundation looks a bit light when first applied yet as it wore throughout the day and it settled into the skin it looked great. It didn't oxidize with a yellow tint like some foundations I have tried in the past. Now I have never tried the regular Revlon ColorStay liquid foundation but my fellow blogger Natty uses it and has a great review comparing it to the liquid if you would like to check it out here

So far I am impressed. The foundation lasts well on my oily skin, after about 6 hours of wear I blotted and added some blush and lip stain and took the face from day to night... it doesn't contain any SPF so make sure you use a separate SPF beforehand if you plan to use it during the day. It also glides on the skin a lot easier if you make sure you moisturize beforehand.
It photographs beautifully, which is an added bonus :)

great finish and lasting power for oily/combination skin!
and the best part? I will be giving 10 of them away so make sure you comment on this post with your e-mail address if you would like to be entered to win!

On the eyes I used Revlon ColorStay Gel Eyeliner, which comes with a built-in brush that is thick and shaped perfectly for a nice dramatic winged eye :)



Finishing off with a couple of coats of Revlon ColorStay Overtime Mascara...


The brush is great for getting into the corner lashes and making them stand out. This is more of a lengthening mascara, which was a change from the volumizing brushes/formulas I usually go for but I have to say I did enjoy it and would recommend it if you're a lengthening mascara girl. The formula was great, lasted all day, held a curl and didn't transfer... transferring is usually my biggest problem with mascaras since I have oily eyelids.

I hope you found my little demo useful and that I've peaked your interest in some lovely new products available at the drugstore. I will also be featuring the foundation on my YouTube channel once I match the shade better so you can get a better idea on how it applies :)

Don't forget to enter in the comment section if you'd like to get the chance to win one of the foundations, and click here for more beauty tips.  **giveaway closed**

Until next time!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Face Of The Day


I've been giving powder foundation a try again because the NARS Tinted Moisturizer wasn't cutting it in terms of oil control during the day. A more in depth review to follow... but here's what else I wore today:


Face: Shiseido Sheer Mattifying Compact (shade B20), Dior Matte Bronzer (shade 02) discontinued, Burberry Light Glow in "Tangerine Blush" (so so so good)

Eyes: MAC Brulee eyeshadow all over the lid, Shroom in the inner corner, Burberry Midnight Brown in the crease and outer corner and as a liner, Prestige My Blackest Lashes mascara

Lips: YSL Rouge Volupte #7 dabbed on quite sheer, MAC Bare Necessity Dazzleglass

I am going to do these posts more often in the coming weeks since I am determined to use up some stuff since I have been in a rut and forgot about some old favourites :)

Hope your week is going well!

xo

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

In and Out July 2012

Here's what's been on the menu lately:

IN


- lace shorts, lace skirts, crochet detailing... I'm obsessed. I tried these babies on in Toronto over the past weekend and made every excuse imaginable not to buy them. If they had been just a tiny bit higher waisted it would have been more flattering on my body shape.




But I still adore them.

- one eyeshadow all over the lid. I need to do a blog post soon with some of my favourite products to achieve the look. Being lazy with eye makeup can be fun after all :)

- Summer in general. Sunshine always puts me in a good mood.

- having some free time to catch up on reading/TV shows/games/music that I had been too busy to keep up with in the recent months. Any recommendations are welcome in any of those categories. Currently reading both Middlesex and The Alchemist and I am thoroughly loving both.

- dry shampoo

OUT


- despite my dwindling bank account after paying for school and some minor setbacks, life is pretty decent at the moment. Outs are out.

What are you into?

Thursday, July 5, 2012

High-Low Obsession

I fell in love with a dress a couple of weeks ago while I was perusing a local boutique.
I've worn it so much since I got it that it warrants its own post (and fan club, but I'm still working on that!)
It will eventually be featured in an Outfit Of The Day post, I've been too rushed and busy lately to think of photographing things but I am working on changing that as well :)

The dress is by Ella Moss, and it's named the "Girls' Best Friend Hi Lo Maxi Dress". It rocks my world. I got it in black because that's the only option the store sold. I was hesitant at first given the price, I mean it's just a plain ol' jersey dress isn't it?



But the cut, the fit, the texture of the fabric are just to die for. I've worn it during the day, during the night, at work, to hair appointments, etc. It's my little versatile summer piece that I've been waiting for. Can be accessorized with interesting belts and jewelry for a multitude of looks. It also comes in a chevron-ish print for those who are more adventurous than I am (here).

I love the fact that the front hits above the knee so it's a bit flirty and sexy. I have the size M so the back is quite long and hits the ground if I'm not wearing heels (I am 5'6). 
Ella Moss is a hit/miss brand for me since a lot of their super girly casual pieces aren't exactly my style but the dresses are almost always on point. I have two other Ella Moss dresses from over the years and they are still some of my go-to pieces. The quality is fantastic, the cuts are flattering and it's made in the USA :)

This was a little splurge that I definitely don't regret!
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