Friday, November 29, 2013

Lined Up: L'Oreal Infallible Liquid Liner

Liquid liner is one of my favourite ways to enhance any ol' eyeshadow look. It instantly pulls everything together and makes it look chic and edgy. While I am still extremely challenged at creating dramatic winged liner, I have decided to try my hand at it once more with the help of two new liners from L'Oreal - from the Infallible range:


The Blackbuster is thick, like a marker, and is awesome at providing a quick and easy graphic line. I used it to create the bulk of my liner and then went in with the Super Slim to fine-tune the edges.


The result?


A thick, intense black line (not quite as intense of a black as Urban Decay Zero but it made me happy nonetheless), satin finish (which I liked, some liners are too shiny for my liking when they dry).
It lasted a good 7 hours before fading (it did not flake) so I simply re-touched and it got me through the rest of the night with ease. 

The only downfall I can see with these is that due to the felt tip marker-like packaging, it is bound to dry up quite quickly. But the varied tip size in the Infallible liquid liner range and the ease of use by the felt design makes these babies worth it, especially if you're liner challenged like yours truly :)

What's your favourite liquid liner?

Monday, November 25, 2013

Lip Combo Love: Chanel Sensual Rose

The Chanel Rouge Double Intensité quickly became the favourite addition to my lip product collection this fall. I have it in the shade "Sensual Rose", which is a new addition to the range and it's the perfect bright rose to perk up a tired (pale) fall/winter complexion.

I wear it by itself or with a brighter pink liner for a more intense look, but my favourite way is to apply the base colour dabbed in with my fingers for a softer look, and tap in a pale nude pink on top (Tom Ford Nude Vanille, MAC Hue, YSL Tea Rose… something along these lines). Seal it all with the gloss end and ta-da!! You have found my go-to daytime lip combo as of late:



And the best part?
This. Stuff. Does. Not. Budge.

It doesn't dry my lips out, it fades nicely (after a solid 6-8 hours of wear) and it doesn't transfer!

You need to try them if you haven't already! 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Trish McEvoy 24 Hour Shadow and Liner

Cream eyeshadows are some of my most used and well-loved products in my makeup collection. I made a video on all of mine earlier this year and in this post it's time to introduce the latest addition:



This is my first foray in Trish McEvoy cosmetics and it does not disappoint. I purchased this product on a whim and I have been using it often ever since. It is a cream eyeshadow in a twist-up stick form, along the lines of MAC Greasepaint Sticks, Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks, etc. The formula and texture of the cream reminded me the most of the By Terry Ombre Blackstar shadow sticks. It is slightly drier in texture than a Laura Mercier Caviar Stick which works better for my oily skin. I am wearing it as a base in one of my latest videos (click here to check it out) and had so many compliments on it. It really livens up any boring browns/dull golds.

Topaz is a gorgeous warm bronzy gold that does not pull orange/brassy. It is pigmented, easy to blend and can be built up for a more intense metallic sheen.


In terms of the actual colour, the closest thing I have in my collection is L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in "Bronzed Taupe" - Trish McEvoy "Topaz" leans slightly warmer, though, which I prefer:


L'oreal "Bronzed Taupe" on top, Trish McEvoy "Topaz" on bottom.

The conclusion? This product is a winner for me and I can't wait to check out more shades. I purchased mine from Nordstrom - but you can find a list of stockists on the Trish McEvoy website (link).

Have you tried Trish McEvoy products before? Any thoughts or recommendations?
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