Thursday, September 18, 2014

FFFresh Fall Face

I seem to have lost my flare for creating good titles for posts. I apologize.
This post is simple.
It's what I had on my face today! Fall is upon us and just like pumpkin spice lattes, MAC Mulch eyeshadow is coming back into heavy rotation:

Eyes: By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Brown Perfection smudged all over the lid with fingers as a base, MAC Mulch eyeshadow all over the lid, MAC Wedge and Espresso shadows in the crease. Dior Waterproof eyeliner pencil in Dark Brown, L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara.

Lips: Burberry Lip Cover in Blush

Face: YSL Teint Resist foundation, La Mer Radiant Concealer in Medium, Bourjois  Healthy Balance Powder in #53, Chanel Les Beiges Powder #40, Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Exposed.

What's your fall go-to eyeshadow? *** or are you still in summer mode? :)

Shop the post: 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Tourist: Casual Travel Outfits & Photos


I just got back from vacation and the past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind. I initially intended on posting outfit of the days while I was gone (I spent 7 days in Barcelona and 3 in Vienna) but the internet at our apartment in Spain was so bad, it took ages just to get 1 photo uploaded so I figured I wait it out and compile it into one post!

I was super impressed with my packing skills in this trip - I managed to fit in all my belongings in just one medium sized suitcase (no carry-on aside from a small backpack that housed my laptop and camera)!! This means that a lot of my HG wardrobe items made the cut - namely loose-fitting soft jersey tops. I had just found the perfect muscle tank prior to leaving (by LA based brand Daydreamer), bought it in black and white, and wore them a ton during my trip.

The Daydreamer LA muscle tank in black and white:

Tank: Daydreamer (link! on sale!)
Shorts: H&M (not current season)
Shoes: Puma (not current season)
Sunglasses: Chanel (Classic Cat Eye model)

Tank: Daydreamer (again! link!)
Jacket: Rag & Bone (similar here)
Leggings: adidas by Stella McCartney (link)
Crossbody: Coach (not current season)
Shoes: Puma (not current season)

Same story above, jeans are jeggings from GAP - one of my favourite pairs of jeans that I own!

I'm channeling the GAP jegging power in this shot too, paired with an asymmetrical bra by Helmut Lang (link!) and a loose T shirt from Zara:

Top and bag: H&M (I bought the bag a couple of years ago but the cropped sweater is recent)
Skirt: Aritzia (brand is Babaton, there is still a longer version of it available here)
Sandals: Italian Shoemakers (overall total granny shoe brand but I found these on a sale rack at Winners and they were too comfortable to pass up!)

I had such a wonderful vacation with two of my closest friends, and by far my favourite memory was just getting to go on ridiculously long walks to Barceloneta beach, grab a cone filled with fresh fries, soak them up with melted cheese and Spanish ham and soak up the sun/sunsets by the Mediterranean sea. 

However it's great to be back and to get in the swing of things (expect the flow of posts and videos to resume this week)


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Review: Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

I have been wanting to try this mask for a few months now and finally got the chance to buy it a few weeks ago. The Resurfacing Mask from Tata Harper is one of the stars of the brand and I was pleasantly surprised that it delivers.

Tata Harper is a Vermont-based natural skincare company with a really cool brand concept and manufacturing process (you can actually type in the batch code on each product that you own by them to find out more about when it was produced/who it was batched by, etc.), you can read more about it here but let's talk more about that mask, shall we?

Sephora carries a small selection of Tata Harper products exclusively online, the Resurfacing Mask being one of them so I ordered it as soon as my Ole Henriksen Lemon Flash peel ran out and have been trying it out for the last couple of weeks. It. Is. Awesome!

Not only is it refreshing to find a skincare product that is worth the investment (this mask retails for $55), but a natural one at that! It is beta hydroxy acid based, which means it penetrates deeper in the skin cells, provides deeper exfoliation and is more efficient on acne-prone skin than treatments that are strictly AHA based.

It has a light jelly texture and a pleasant sweet/slightly herbal scent, you smooth over a thin layer all over the face and leave it on for 20-30 minutes. The mask slightly tightens as it dries, and removes easily with warm water. I didn't do a particularly "thick" layer as the instruction suggests, and it worked just fine. The result after rinsing is instantly noticeable. My skin felt so smooth, looked more radiant and any active blemishes were calmed down. 

It's gentle (no scary tingling sensation) but if you have hyper sensitive skin I would recommend maybe just leaving it on 10-15 minutes and see how it goes.

In conclusion - this is a total win. You can find Tata Harper online at Sephora, Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter, etc. It's quite widely available for such a niche skincare brand, and it's a good thing. I'm currently using up a sample of their Resurfacing Moisturizer which is also awesome but I have to come to terms with the price tag first ($100. *gulp*) before I decide on indulging.

Have you tried this mask? If not - you should. It's incredible.



Monday, September 1, 2014

Hair Holy Grails: III

Catch up with Part 1 and Part 2 of my Hair Holy Grails series if you haven't seen those posts. In the third instalment we have quite the eclectic mix - a hair spray, a conditioner and a heat styling product:

1. Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel Conditioner

This is the best tone correcting hair product I have tried. If you have highlighted hair and want to keep the brassy tones in check, look no further. Not only does it smell amazing and conditions the hair well without making it feel greasy or weighed down, but it is incredibly rich in purple pigment which is the key to neutralizing any orange tendencies that your highlighted hair might have. Kevin Murphy is an Australian brand and can be quite hard to get a hold of (I'm lucky to go to a hair salon that stocks the products) but I have had luck finding and ordering some of the products from Amazon.

I have been using/buying this for over two years and I can't be bothered to stray. Best hairspray ever. It has a medium flexible hold, smells like heaven, doesn't weigh the hair down and boosts it with a hint of airy volume. Oh, and it also adds shine. What more can you ask for? Get it at most salons (this brand is everywhere) or on Feelunique with free worldwide shipping!

This "restructuring milk for weakened hair" does just that. You apply and massage it into damp hair, focusing on the areas of most damage, which is usually the ends. It is then heat activated so when you blow dry/use styling tools it protects those fragile bits of your hair and strengthens them through the entire styling process. It has a pleasant scent and it doesn't weigh my fine hair down at all. It has made a huge difference in the condition of my split ends. Now it doesn't fix split ends (no product no matter how magical it claims to be will ever be able to fix split ends) but it does prevent future split ends from happening, which is good enough for me!


15 steps, then a beauty blog. All rights reserved. © Maira Gall.