Sunday, August 31, 2014

Foundation Regret - Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundation

I can remember the video I filmed months ago and my excitement over acquiring Tarte’s Maracuja foundation at half price.  I should have contained my excitement until I gave it a go.

Reasons I bought it:
- it was half price
- it had ‘miracle’ in the name :) (I thought my skin would be transformed… delusional)
- it read like something my skin would absolutely love

But really the fact that this foundation was on sale should have been a major clue. I mean things that usually go on sale at Sephora are either past their season, or being discontinued. The second one in this case.

Even Tarte doesn’t have this product on their site, and having tried it I understand why.

Below comparison between Tarte’s Amazonian Clay which I have been really liking recently and Maracuja.
A little side note on the Amazonian Clay. I don’t really know which shade I have. The back of my tube says “Light” but on Sephora.com this particular shade does not exist, instead we have: Fair-Light Honey, Light Sand, Light Beige, Light Neutral, Light-Medium Sand, Light-Medium Beige, and Light-Medium Honey. Seems colour range has changed since the day I acquired mine.
And speaking of light, so is Maracuja, except this “Light” is really a light orange, and to me it’s noticeably darker than Amazonian Clay. Maybe I could have worked with this, if it didn’t turn even more orange on my skin. This really, really loves to oxidize… one of the possibilities of why it wasn’t a popular product… or it could be the fact that it had no staying power (at least on my skin)... and ohhh the transfer. Although to be honest I only wore this like 3 times, before I decided oompa loompa look is not my game and I just didn’t care to try and figure out a combo that would make this work.  In my opinion there are too many products and choices out there. I expect my products to be a match from the get go, I don’t expect to make it work. You know what I mean? Plus it appears this is also way past it’s expiry date…
We are parting ways. This purchase is a definite regret. Lesson learned: “Don’t buy sale foundation. It’s on sale for a reason.”

Friday, August 29, 2014

Urban Decay The Mother Lode Swatch XIII - SWF, Bordello, Asphyxia, ACDC

Last little bit of purples...
SWF - pale cotton candy pink shimmer with silver micro-glitter
Bordello - pale mauve shimmer with gold micro-glitter
Asphyxia - hyacinth shimmer with blue shift
ACDC -  smokey greyish purple shimmer (Lisa Eldridge did a somkey eye video with this shade)
natural light - shade
natural light - direct sunlight
flash

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Urban Decay The Mother Lode Swatch XII - Last Call, Woodstock, Fishnet, Psychedelic Sister

More pink-purples....
Last Call - metallic sugar plum
Woodstock - saturated deep pink shimmer (didn't feel as smooth and creamy as Last Call)
Fishnet - bright pink shimmer with purple shift
Psychedelic Sister - deep amethyst shimmer
natural light - shade
natural light - direct sunlight
flash

Monday, August 25, 2014

Urban Decay The Mother Lode Swatch XI - Gravity, Grifter, Flash, Rockstar

Moving onto some purples....
 
Gravity - deep violet shimmer with multi-colored micro-glitter 
Grifter - sheer lavender with silver micro-glitter 
Flash - bright iridescent purple shimmer 
Rockstar - deep aubergine shimmer
natural light - shade
 natural light - direct sunlight
flash

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Love - Lovefresh Vanilla Scrub

New scrub era has dawned in my shower. What I thought was going to be my HG for life has been replaced. Not because the company changed formulation, or increased the price, but because it’s not on the shelves. I feel Philosophy puts out a scrub twice a year, winter and summer, and I used to stock up, but when I run out two months ago, I cold not restock. I’m not sure if Philosophy discontinued their scrub or they just can’t keep up with the demand. Either way, I went out to find a more reliable scrub source.

My first purchase (post Philosophy) was as a dud, you can find out why here. But my second is sweet Vanilla heaven. I acquired this at Ten Spot (a Toronto mani pedi spa) and I don’t think I’ll be going back to Philosophy even if I do see it back at Sephora (but I lie to myself all the time :))

Let me count the ways I love LoveFresh body scrub.

1. The heavenly, heavenly scent. Vanilla is not the only option, but it’s the one I was drawn to (I’m a vanilla lover)… and oh this is soooo good. I want to dip my spoon in it to sweeten my coffee with this (but I haven’t). Sensory bliss.
2. Consistency. Not only a treat for the nose but also for the digits. It’s grainy, but soft at the same time. I lack the words to describe it.  If you find yourself anywhere where there is a jar of this open, stick your fingers in it. You’ll like it.

3. Abrasives; spot on. Philosophy was a salt scrub, this is a sugar scrub. I find sugar to be finer in grain, but no less effective. Like Philosophy, description on the container suggest scrubbing damp skin. But I find that salt or sugar just melt too fast that way, and I don’t get the scrub I like. Personally I like to jump into my shower and exfoliate while still dry. Feels good.
4. Ingredient list. I read it, and I think if I were so inclined/motivated I could figure this out in my own kitchen. But I’m not. I did take the time to type it out for you all at the very end of this post.

5. Second ingredient is safflower oil. There might be those who won’t like it, but I love it. I think if you were to use this scrub at the end of your shower, you’ll have no need to moisturize. This leaves a bit of a greasy feeling on my legs (but remember I do this first, then I shower, so I always wash it off). My tub has a bit of a slippery feel to it at first. I’m not bothered, shampoo and body wash take care of any residue in the tub.
6. Amount and cost; 500ml for $30 CAD (on par with Philosophy), much cheaper than Caudalie.
I hope LoveFresh doesn’t try to “improve” on this new favourite of mine… like ever. I love this, I need this, I’m a LoveFresh body scrub convert. 

As this post is going up, I'm already on my second jar....  this stuff is just that good. Addict.

Ingredients:
Sugar
Sunflower Seed Oil
Shea Butter
Honey
Fragrance or Essential Oil
Vitamin E
Glycerin
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Caprylic Triglyceride
Calendula Flower Extract
Rose Flower Extract
White Willow Bark Extract
Red Clover Flower

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dislike - Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara

First, my disclaimer. I did not purchase this with my own money, neither was it provided to me by a PR company for a review or perk. This is one of those freebies that fell into my hands from someone who knows how much I love makeup.
I must say that Emma Stone sure does make this mascara look tempting in the ads. But I was never really convinced on the whole lacquer look, and that other mascaras look grey in comparison… Well Revlon refers to them as "traditional" which might be a reject they found in a sale bin at a dollar store for all I know. Because compared to my current BB fave, this does not stand out in finish at all.
Also I must say while the marketing pitch is great, and I’m sure Emma can’t get enough of fibber lashes. I did not like this one bit. It made my eyes itchy, fibres would become dislodged and I’d become a blinking mess, trying to get rid of the irritation. I found myself annoyed with this product, and could not face using it daily for the next 3 months. After 2 weeks, I delegated this to my empties pile (even though it’s not empty), and the trash can after I filmed the July Empties video.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dior - Yacht (#210) - nail polish swatch

This will be it for my nail polish swatch series for a bit, I feel I've saturated my blog with them lately. But I do love nail polish so, and even tough I had no plans to buy this (my eyes were set on Sailor), once I swatched it, any willpower I had dissolved...

Mani products in order of application:
Essie - First Base - base coat (1 coat)
Dior - Yacht - color (2 coats)
China Glaze - Fairy Dust - accent (1 coat) - the most perfect accent ever. It goes well with any shade.
Deborah Lippmann - On A Clear Day - topcoat (1 coat)
Zoya - Hurry Up - drying drops (1 drop per nail)
The most perfect nude ever.... love it.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

CHANEL - Alchimie (#591) - nail polish swatch

I have wanted Alchimie when it first came out (I think a year ago???), but somehow couldn't justify a splurge. When I saw this still on the shelf on a recent trip to Murale, I decided to make it a part of my collection. Is it a part of the permanent collection?

Mani Products in order of application:
Essie - First Base - base coat (1 coat)
CHANEL - Alchimie - color (2 coats)
Deborah Lippmann - Boom Boom Pow - accent (1 coat)
Deborah Lippmann- On A Clear Day - top coat (1 coat)
Zoya - Hurry Up - drying drops (10 drops, 1 on each nail)
Boom Boom Pow and Alchimie play very nicely together... but trying to catch that beauty in an image was next to impossible...
Sadly out of 30 photos I took, these were the best of the worst :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Deborah Lippmann - Fake It Till You Make It - nail polish swatch

This is one of those "I loved the name" nail polish purchases... couldn't pass it up. Good thing that the color is a gorgeous multi-color flecked gold super shimmer.

Mani products in order of use:
Essie First Base - base coat: 1 coat
Deborah Lippmann's Fake It Till You Make It - color: 2 coats
OPI Blue Shatter - accent - 1 coat
Deborah Lippman On a Clear Day - topcoat - 1 coat
Zoya Hurry Up - drying drops - 10 drops (1 on each nail)
Very glittery, to the point of being textured. The accent split down the middle like a cat eye... weird, but I didn't mind. I'm not over the shatter phase yet :)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Inglot O2M Nail Polish - #699 - nail polish swatch

My mom brought me 3 bottles of Inglot polish from Poland. Here is the first one. Shade number 699. I looked it up on the Polish version of Inglot website, and this color is part of the summer Exotic Lagoon collection. I'm not sure if it's available everywhere else.

Great thing about Inglot: no animal testing and made without: toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), camphor.

Mani products in order of use:
Essie First Base - base coat - 1 coat
Inglot O2M  #699 - 2 coats
Deborah Lippmann La Vie En Rose - accent on my ring finger - 1 coat (totally messed this up)
Deborah Lippmann On a Clear Day - top coat - 1 coat
Zoya Hurry Up - drying drops - 10 drops (1 on each digit)
 I must say the formulation was outstanding. Supper smooth, excellent flow, highly pigmented. Although because of my lack of practice I went a bit heavy with my coats and got some bubbling action. Still I'm loving this color, which is more purple-lavender than magenta (sooo hard to photograph purple-like shades).
I do believe I'll be acquiring some more Inglot eventually. Completely in love with the quality.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Deborah Lippmann - La Vie En Rose - nail polish swatch

I almost missed out on this shade. By the time I decided to add it to my collection Sephora was sold out, but I did find it at Holt Renfrew. I am not sure if this is limited edition or part of the permanent line, but I do know that it is popular. 

Mani products in order of use:
Essie First Base - base coat - 1 coat
Deborah Lippmann - La Vie En Rose - 3 coats
Deborah Lippmann - Some Enchanted Evening - 1 accent coat
Deborah Lippmann - On A Clear Day - top coat - 1 coat
Zoya - Hurry Up - drying drop - 10 drops (1 on each nail)
La Vie En Rose is a gorgeous pale shimmery pink. It is what I refer to as a dreamy, fairy, bride shade.
 It applies on the sheer side and it took me 3 coats to achieve some sort of opacity. I checked DL website and supposedly this is magical layered over other colors. I think 1 even coat might look spectacular over another shade. I will be sure to try it on my next mani.
 For now I am enjoying this color as is.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Urban Decay The Mother Lode Swatch X - Hijack, Bender, Mildew, Kush

Moving onto some greens....
Hijack - deep metallic teal
Bender - forest green metallic with gold micro-glitter
Mildew - mossy green shimmer with gold shift
Kush - grass green shimmer with gold micro-glitter
flash
direct sunlight
natural light
Kush has quite a punch of color. Using some soap and warm water took care of the other 3, but Kush stuck around like a bruise :)