Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Marc Jacobs Highliner - Deja Blue (57)

I saw this blue, picked it up, drew a line on the back of my hand.. and even knowing that it won't be reached for often I could not leave it behind. Because until I acquired this pencil I truly did not own a blue this pale... and the makeup lover in me just had to have it.

I'm not the only one who loves it. It has sold out online at Sephora (actually most of the shades from the matte collection appear to be out of stock), and in-store stock was low too (the locations I tend to frequent anyways - Eaton Centre, Bloor-Yonge, Eglinton-Yonge :)). Hopefully they replenished the shelves for the spring sale that started yesterday (depending on your membership level).

Because at $31CAD a pop any discount is a good discount.
Even though I'm dangerously close to 40, I'm not about to succumb to some "40+ makeup rule", which seems to be matte-neutrals only.... don't get me wrong I love my matte-neutrals but I also love glitter and colour. My makeup choices might not be yours, but that's what makes makeup fun.

And this shade is all fun, on the lower waterline for that eye opening/brightening effect, or just straight on your lash line because that's what the day called for.
I love it.

The serious drawback is the price, wish it was $10 bucks cheaper; because there are 4 other MJ pencils I'd love to own... but the price makes my almost 40 hands tremble :)

PS. At the time of posting this entry MJ Beauty is cruelty-free.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Going Cruelty Free

Tomorrow Sephora's spring sale starts (for VIB Rouge members at least)... I was reviewing my online basket, and it struck me that I want all my products to be cruelty free. It was sudden  and immediate, and since I have access to high-speed internet, I can not pretend ignorance of "I did not know"...

I don't have a transition period for most things... it just happens all at once, and I can't and don't want to ease myself into it. I just adapt, don't regret and move one. Example, for years I had long hair, and I mean loooong... one day I just could not deal with one more tangle, and just chopped it all off... no regrets... freedom and lightness instead. Yoga... April of last year... signed up started going 5-7 days a week and and still going strong (can't do any kind of arm balance, but here's to someday). Diet... when I'm onto something I'm onto it... when I'm not, I'm not. I don't know if that makes sense... it's just a part of who I am.

So cruelty-free... and I mean completely, because a brand might claim to be cruelty free but if you sell your products in China you're not (there that's the law). Example, Jurlique... one of my (now past) faves. Once China's laws change and Jurlique updates their page, I'll be happy to spend my money on this brand again.

If you're owned by a parent company that tests on animals, you're not (in my books at least). This might be a bit of a grey area... because you can view it as by supporting the cruelty-free brand you're sending a message to the parent, that hey maybe you should re-think your practices. Example, NARS is cruelty free, but they are owned by Shiseido which is not.

If I can't find your position on animal testing, or your status is muddled, you're out. Example, Peter Thomas Roth claims it's cruelty free but can't vouch for any of their ingredient suppliers.

So let me tell you when I made this decision, I felt sudden lightness, and removed everything that did not fit the bill from my basket and loves list. I felt as if I physically decluttered my life. The idea that my future (and some current) makeup/skin care has not been worn by an animal feels right.

Now lets back peddle a bit... because I've been a beauty junkie for years... and my collection includes a lot of products from brands who do test on animals... EL being one of them. I don't plan to trash it, I just plan to be more conscientious consumer from now on, use up what I can, and hope beauty practices change.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Project Make a Dent 2017 (MaD 2017) - Q1 Progress

First quarter of 2017 is over.... and time for my MaD update. Some things have progress and some don't...

Where we stood at the beginning of the year...

and current status
1. Chantecaille Le Mognolia Eye and Cheek Palette - "Office Basic" is what I think when I reach for this... shadows are soft both in texture and pigmentation. When I'm running short on time, this is easy to reach for.

2. Dior Blush Trianon Edition - Corail Bagatelle # 763 - Design is worn down a bit. This has a nice pigmentation, and I don't want to look clownish... but progress is evident.

3. DiorSkin Nude Glow Healthy Glow Summer Powder in Aurora - looooove this... wear it every day.... it just adds such nice warmth to my face.

4. IT Cosmetics CC+ Aribrush Perfecting Powder - I also reach for this almost every day to set my foundation.... this product is the top runner for being used up in 2017.

5. IT Cosmetics Hello Light Creme Illuminator - haven't touched this... creme hi-lighters are just not my jam.

6. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #6 (Khaki Pulse) - I'm going through gold/beige/brown phase... this just doesn't fit the bill at this time.

7. MAC Huggable Lipcolour (I'm Game) - wore it twice... sunny weather is almost upon us... plan to wear it more.

8. Givenchy Rouge Interdit Shine in Candide Nude (No. 27) - easy basic nude... one that even I can apply without a mirror... although I prefer not to :)

9. Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour (Sugar Frost) - I just don't have any love for this frost... this one might make it to the end of 2017 not be used once.

10. Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl (Black Coffee) - I reach for it a lot... but it's such a good pencil that I only sharpened it twice... smooth, great pigmentation, great wearability... I think I'll use it up.