Wednesday, March 22, 2017

bareMinerals Gen Nude Buttercream Lipgloss - Totally

Shade Groovy sold out in a hot second... when one very popular YouTube beauty guru proclaimed it her favourite nude shade.

I wanted Snarky as my first shade, but then decided on a nude shade called Totally.
Every time I wear it, I say to my self "I don't like the scent, I like the scent... no I don't like the scent... no the scent is fine..." and on and on. The color wins the debate... It's a pretty neutral nude.. not too pink.. not to beige
Totally worth having :)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Milani Powder Blush - Tea Rose 08

Milani website had this blush categorized as vegan, and I mean this shade in particular not the whole lot in the series... so when at Rexall one day,  I decided to grab it... it was on sale as well.
I do love the rose pattern...
and love the color payoff... a lovely light romantic pink... the season for this shade of blush is fast approaching... and this will be in regular rotation...
pretty, pretty...

Saturday, March 18, 2017

CHANEL Pearl Drop 511 - nail polish swatch

Not sure where or when I acquired this one... but I'm sure I believed it to be a limited edition worth having.

Mani Lineup:
Essie - First Base Base Coat - base 1 coat
CHANEL - Pearl Drop - color, 2 coats
Deborah Lippmann - On A Clear Day - topcoat, 1 coat
Zoya - Hurry Up - drying drops, 1 drop per nail
No sun, but one grows tired of waiting for it... Pearl drop is an appropriate name for this one... pearly white with a gold shift... not regretting this purchase :)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Kiko Bright Duo Baked Eyeshadow - 03 Pearly Sand - Satin Taupe

South Beach had a store dedicated to this brand... dropped in just to browse (because by this time my makeup money was all gone :)) and these duos stole my heart... I wish I picked up #23 as well... something to put on my list for next time.
Half the pan is sparkle bonanza, the other half a complimentary matte.
There is no way for my camera to capture the shimmer, I tried by going out of focus.
My suggestion is if you find yourself near a Kiko display, go and play, and find your favourite :)
I'll be visiting Portugal in a couple of months... and Kiko website has Portugal listed as a shopping option... will keep my eyes open.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Lorac Unzipped Gold Palette

Last palette I scored at Ulta (South Beach)... was this item from my "want list"... last one on the shelf (during my visit).  I really wanted a full sized tube of the eye primer as well, but it wasn't available, happily deluxe sample came included with the palette.
Finger swatches in the store blew me away... shadows so soft, so pigmented, I was on a makeup high.  Then I got it home, photographed it... and started to play with it... and found out that finger swatches are half the story. Love the mattes: Undressed, Undeniable, Unedited, Unwind, and Unafraid (which has some sparkle). Seriously dislike the other 5; the fallout is incredible my cheeks end up as sparkly as my lids... I don't want to play with them anymore.
If I had another chance I'd leave it on the shelf... but I have it now so half of it will come in handy... the other half will be played with if/when I have the patience and no-place to be :)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Palette

I have wanted to get my hands on this one, since the day I learned of it. But Ulta shipping charges are a very effective deterrent.

It was the first thing I grabbed at Ulta while in Miami. Not buying it was not an option.
Each row of 3 shades from left to right or right to left :) is a look in itself... steps to re-create it included in the little peanut butter pamphlet. I've tried them all in my own way, and I enjoyed the results. Some of you may desire other shades to create a complete look, but for me this palette delivers... that's not to say I won't ever enhance it with some other stuff I own.
Pretty, pretty, pretty... love them all
I found out a few days ago that a Peanut Butter and Honey palette is being released.... I saw images and I'm not sad I don't have it... that's not to say I wouldn't buy it if I had the chance :)

Friday, March 10, 2017

Tarte Maneater Eyeshadow Palette

We had a little bit of an R&R in February in South Beach.... our hotel, weather, food.. it was all so fantastic. How does one make permanent vacation their job? :)

I hit up Ulta and got myself a few treats that I can't get in Toronto. One of them being this palette. A pretty recent release by Tarte that has been getting a lot of YouTube love.
 And I must say that except for one shade (Lace - the biggest pan) I am not disappointed. Love the colors, pigmentation, texture, application... all so good. Lace has loose glitter (can't see it in my photo) that ends up on my cheeks not my eyelids... I dipped my brush in it once, don't see myself doing it again.
 They all swatch so evenly... I had no luck capturing the glitter in Lace... maybe it's something you need to experience for yourself :) I'd still recommend this beauty to you ... because maybe like me you don't care for one dud, or maybe unlike me you know how to handle glitter fallout :)
It smell really good too... I think of sweet cocoa every-time I open it.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Dior - Camel & Laura Mercier - Cocoa Suede (nail polish swatch)

I paint my nails once a week (on a Sunday); usually take it off Wednesday night, and pamper my digits for 3 days. I realized that if I continue this manicure trend it will take me over 7 years to wear all of my nail polish colors at least once... I need to get into nail art.

But this time I just decided to use two colors .

Mani Lineup:
Essie - First Base Base Coat - base 1 coat
Dior - Camel- color, 2 coats on alternating nails
Laura Mercier - Cocoa Sudede - color, 2 coats on alternating nails
Deborah Lippmann - On A Clear Day - topcoat, 1 coat
Zoya - Hurry Up - drying drops, 1 drop per nail
No sunshine that day (cloudy and flurries)... also no time or motivation for clean-up... dark colors sure show my unsteady hand... but you can't really tell, unless you're really up close, so I'm good with my messy job. Since both colors are creme finish, I felt that lack of sunshine wasn't a big deal.

First shot, indoors on my couch :)
 Second, in a grocery parking lot.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Estée Lauder - Surreal Violet (nail polish swatch)

Bought this years ago. It's possible this color is no longer available from EL, but I still want to share it.

Mani Lineup:
Essie - First Base Base Coat - base 1 coat
Estée Lauder - Surreal Violet - color, 2 coats
Deborah Lippmann - On A Clear Day - topcoat, 1 coat
Zoya - Hurry Up - drying drops, 1 drop per nail
I remember buying this shade because I loved how interesting it looked in the bottle; but I never swatched it, until the day I brushed it onto my nails.

First shot taken late in the evening... I just wanted to give you an idea of this weird shimmer in the bottle.
 Next day in direct sunlight... I simply love the copper-shift against the mauve.
 This is a neutral with a kick... and I love it.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Project Make a Dent vol 3 (MaD 2017)

So while I actually don't make a dent, I enjoy seeing the progress I can make with a product; and so 2017 is another MaD year.

I've set myself an ambitious group of 10 products:

1. Chantecaille Le Mognolia Eye and Cheek Palette - This a pretty recent acquisition, gifted to me by my husband this last summer. I just want to make a point of using it, not saving it because some strange part of me wants to treasure this beauty.

2. Dior Blush Trianon Edition - Corail Bagatelle # 763 - Part of Dior's Spring 2014 release. It's so beautiful I don't understand how I forgot about it... this might be evidence that I own too many blushes. I might not use it up, or even hit pan, but that pretty design won't last.

3. DiorSkin Nude Glow Healthy Glow Summer Powder in Aurora - Part of Dior's Summer 2011 release.... this is an oldie but a goodie; and can we just take a moment to appreciate Dior's generosity in 2011 vs stingy in 2014. I would appreciate that if you only offer half the product you downsize your packaging as well.

4. IT Cosmetics CC+ Aribrush Perfecting Powder - I feel this is a recent (within the last 2 years) purchase, but I've never talked about it on my blog. Most likely because I barely used it. Well time to change that.

5. IT Cosmetics Hello Light Creme Illuminator - Also not sure which ShowStopper this came with, but I feel it's a bit older (3-4 years). I know for a fact that this wasn't the item I made the purchase for, but I have it so might as well use it. Has a lovely understated glow on the back of my hand (not one of those strobing seen from space highlights)... we'll see how we get along.

6. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #6 (Khaki Pulse) - Bought when they first hit the scene spring of 2011. On my eyes as I type this post; still amazing.

7. MAC Huggable Lipcolour (I'm Game) - bright and fun, 2017 goals :)

8. Givenchy Rouge Interdit Shine in Candide Nude (No. 27) - 2011 Valentine's Day gift... one can never have too many nudes :)

9. Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour (Sugar Frost) - Loved it in 2014... not so much these days... this one I would be happy to be done with this year.

10. Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl (Black Coffee) - Seems I bought most of my makeup in 2011. Last item for this year... it's black it's brown it was forgotten until now :)

Friday, January 6, 2017

Project Make a Dent vol 2 (MaD 2016 - 4th quarter update)

So another year has come to an end ... and another MaD project. My choices and progress throughout the year.

What I started with, here

Q1 check in, here

Q2 check in, here

Q3 check in, here

And after 365 days here is the last status photo.
1. CHANEL SOLEIL TAN DE CHANEL - So I'm keeping this in my daily drawer. I need a few or several more months to call this done. I just don't have the bronzing confidence I need to use this up quicker. 

2. Guerlain Météorites Powder For The Face in Teint Rosé 01 - So this is the never ending product. Although now I can see the powder on the bottom caused by me swirling the brush over the beads every morning. Also included in my current daily routine... and one day you'll see this in an empties video. 

3. Burberry Eye Liner in Midnight Blue - just couldn't get it done... the pencil is dry and I prefer brown to blue for an eyeliner. We haven't parted ways yet.

4. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill  #7 Sweet Fire - back on the shelf it went. Colour and formula are still great... pink is just not calling my name.

5. CHANEL Illusion D'Ombre - Illusoire (83) - This has become a dry little puck but it still applies nicely. So while no progress made, it still has a home in my collection. 

6. CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine - Rebelle 63 - I wore it a handful of times. Promising myself to pull it out in March once again. 

7. Anastasia Beverly Hills: Brow Ex-press - There is a tiny bit of the light taupe shadow left... will reach for it throughout January, and then mention it in an empties video before calling it trash. 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

CHANEL: Emeraude - nail polish swatch

I saw this shade a few months back... it was released for Summer 2016... but all I could think is, this is a perfect Christmas tree shade :) I bought it on the spot, because in my collection this one is one of a kind... a gorgeous forest green with gold shimmer.

Mani lineup:

NailsInc - NailKale Superfood - base coat (1 coat)
CHANEL - Emeraude - color (2 coats)
Deborah Lippmann - On A Clear Day - topcoat (1 coat)
Deborah Lippmann - Boom Boom Pow - accent (1 coat) on my ring finger
Zoya - Hurry Up - drying drops (1 drop per nail)

The day I decided to wear this (Nov 20, 2016)... was our first true "winter is here" day... freezing, cloudy, with snow flurries... no sunshine to show the gold, but that's what Google is for :)

Love the shade, hate the brush. It was thin, long, and flimsy.... seriously for what CHANEL polish sells for (it has gone up in price) I found this lack of quality disappointing.
I am not sure if this summer release was limited edition. If it was, then this post of mine is a tad cruel... but then again anyone who reads this blog, probably stumbled upon it by accident... and this is not a resource for the latest beauty news :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Burberry: Ash Rose (103) - nail polish swatch

I'm back to nail painting; and the first shade to make it onto my nails is my newest addition, acquired during the Nov. VIB Rouge sale. This is one of those "YouTube made me buy it"... because I watched a favorites video and the praise for this shade was endless... I just didn't want to deny myself.

In order of application:
NailsInc - NailKale Superfood - base coat (1 coat) - I like it, I like it a lot
Burberry - Ash Rose - color (2 coats)
Deborah Lippmann - On A Clear Day - topcoat (1 coat)
Zoya - Hurry Up - drying drops (1 drop per nail)
The shade is gorgeous and unremarkable at the same time :) a hear stopping nude-neutrals lovers must have. I love the formula and the brush... I wore it for 4 days straight with no chipping just some gentle tip wear... after which I decided to take it off and let my nail breathe for a couple of days before I paint them again.
My cuticles need some tlc because they are looking dry and a bit ragged.... apologies :)
It's a lovely shade, in lovely packaging... with a price tag that's not so lovely :)