Thursday, March 30, 2017

Fresh: Seaberry Skin Nutrition Cleansing Oil

This is one of the good ones... I love an oil cleanser at the end of the day. It melts everything off, and when I follow up with a "regular" one after, my skin feels clean, refreshed... no makeup residue.  

Seaberry is excellent for anyone struggling with clogged pores and/or breakouts. So I feel as if this oil cleanser does a bit of double duty; there was nothing I put on my face that this couldn't melt off. Having said that I don't wear waterproof mascara... I see no point... my days are pretty dry :)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Lush Shampoo - Jersey Bounce

Used this up ages ago... just thought to jot down quick impressions. Loved the grainy feel of it, the way it lathered, the way it felt as I worked it in. Hated the way my hair felt once rinsed out; dry almost brittle, in need of immediate conditioning. 
My hair definitely had a nice bounce throughout the day... but I also felt as if my few tresses took a bit of a beating to get there... and what I have is not plenty enough to abuse.
Tried it.. used it up... not going to repurchase.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer - 01 Creamy Vanilla & 03 Light Beige

YouTube is in love with this foundation... claims of full coverage, and long wear abound... plus it's only about $10, so it just sounds like a gem.

I picked up shade 01 Creamy Vanilla in Miami; on Milani website it's recommended for "fair skin with cool undertones". While I don't consider my skin tone to be fair... I did think the color looked a bit dark in the bottle and felt that it would do.

Turns out Creamy Vanilla is YELLOW, not cool, but super duper uber WARM. So once back in Toronto I realized Rexall sells Milani products and I picked up shade 03 Light Beige.
It seems I don't care for full coverage long wearing foundation, that also doubles up as a concealer... I find it thick and it just doesn't gel with my skin type (oily, combo, sometimes dry, maturing). Throughout out the day it separates a bit and wears off in patches... We are parting ways at the end of this month...

Friday, March 24, 2017

Bobbi Brown - Camel 5 (eye shadow)

I've had this shadow on my "want list" for  years... this month I caved and bought it.  Have worn it once in my crease... lol... I don't know why I was so obsessed with it...
I find it to be pretty and easy to work with, but also not very memorable. I'm glad to finally have it, even if it's not the one I reach for daily...

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.