MAC Amber Times Nine – $48 CDN
Palettes have been all the rage for a while now and seems like MAC finally caught up with the trend and no, no one is upset about it. What is different about the “times nine” palette series is that the eyeshadows are tiny, basically, the nine eyeshadows here are equal to a typical MAC quad. So if you are someone who rarely hits pan on eyeshadow, this is exactly what you need. The palette in question, Amber Times Nine, is a well edited neutral palette, with nine shades of neutrals ranging from pale champagne to a brown-black with golden specks.
So, 50 Shades of Grey, not exactly my idea anything respectable, really; therefore, I will refrain from speaking about how I feel about the novel and the film, neither of which found a consumer in me. I will, however, write a lot of wonderful things about the makeup collection courtesy of Make Up For Ever.
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow palette in I-514, ME-612, S-556, I-625
If you follow my blog and instagram, you would know that I am a huge admirer of Make Up For Ever’s eyeshadows. This quad is no exception, either. All of the shades impart flawless pigmentation, provide smooth application and blendability. I love how usable and versatile the shades are, albeit they are closer to the grey theme.
Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner
The easiest way for me to describe this liner is flawless cat eye in about three seconds. I love the tip and the control provided by it. The colour is perfect jet black. I really don’t have much else to say.
Clarins Garden Escape Palette – $44 CDN
Icy pinks and pastel greens; not exactly my idea of perfection on my lids!
These eyeshadows, however, begged to differ. You see, if the application is so buttery smooth, it is not difficult for ‘em eyeshadows to flatter a skin tone not exactly meant from them, at least traditionally. So, sparks flew and I fell in love with this palette. With a primer, these last pretty well through the day. And did I tell you, these blend like a dream? Basically, what I am saying is, this is totally worth checking into, even if you think these shades are not meant for you. This palette is definitely my find of Spring 2015; functional, pretty and all of that while being pastel.
As a permanent non-believer of Valentine’s Day and an abiding believer of fabulous bath stuff, the best part about Valentine’s Day is undeniably the amazing collections that come courtesy of LUSH! Full of aphrodisiacs and creative shapes, these are bound to blow your mind and steal your heart!
Floating Flower Bath Bomb* – $6.95
Jasmine aficionados raise your hands and rush to your nearest LUSH store and grab this one if you still can (it’s sold out on the website!). This one is the most abundantly lush way to have a little pocket of jasmine. Before I put it to use, it laid on my bedside drawer and my entire room smelled as if it were a jasmine garden; basically my version of heaven. Though it is not mentioned, it felt to me as if it was a bubble-bathbomb because it resulted in a bit of a foam along with the beautifully tricoloured water. A must have out of the entire collection!
Heart Throb Bubbleroon – $8.95
One of the most delicately scented, moisturizing baths of the year, you guys! Slightly floral with the hints of ylang-ylang & geranium and completely skin softening with shea butter, this is another must have! I love how it leaves a colour to your bath and crumbles easily with no fuss with the right amount of bubbles!
Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar* – $7.95
“Face and Body” foundations are my go to for everyday – seamless, natural and barely there coverage, but just quite enough to give a flawless finish. The best part is, if you are wearing the right shade, nobody can tell if you are even wearing a base. Who doesn’t love that? I have two popular F&B’s – MAC & Make Up For Ever* up for some discussion. Let’s roll!
MAC Face and Body Foundation in C4 – $42 CDN
Yes Yes Yes & Pearl Massage Bars – $10.95
Floral aficionados, these are so, so calling your respective names! Lush’s massage bars, though expensive, are totally an experience in its own. Moisturizing and dripping with fragrance, these are a complete indulgence. Soothe your senses and say bye-bye to dry skin – sounds good?
Make Up For Ever Artist Liner – $23 CDN
Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy! Am I describing an eyeliner’s application or solving a riddle? You best believe I’m talking about the Make Up For Ever Artist Liner in Matte Black M-10! Flawlessly pigmented and butter-like application is what I expected and essentially, what I got! But is it the blackest black and the longest lasting champion? Let’s dissect!
Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick – $7-10 CDN
Over the years, I have warmed up to drugstore products quite a bit. I remember when I initially started blogging, I would find it offensive to think anything beneath MAC, but now things can’t be more different. I’m always on the look out for the newest drugstore launch and though I am not always impressed with what I purchase, drugstore makeup still evokes much excitement from my end. The latest product which makes me want to validate my love for budget beauty is Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick. AMAZING STUFF, YOU GUYS! So amazing that the previously obnoxious plastic-like smell present in Maybelline’s lipsticks is now easily overlooked.
I picked out two shades; Touch of Spice & Mesmerizing Magenta, both of which I truly adore. Touch of Spice is something I literally wear every single day; a perfect neutral, a mix of mauve and brown. Mesmerizing Magenta is not fuchsia, it is actually magenta and for that reason, I love this shade too! Its that 90’s magenta; slightly hot pink, a bit of purple and a slight metallic undertone.
R&B Hair Moisturizer ($22.95)
YAY! One of the best things to happen to my hair, recently. I had been previously insouciant regarding leave in conditioners as they are literally a trap for me to wash my hair a day sooner. Not this one, however! I love how it feels completely dense and rich, but does not end up looking oiled, rather moisturized and lustruous. Also it clears out the kinks in my fine, curly hair with minimum fuss. Since it is highly concentrated, a little goes a long way. Very much recommended!
T’eo Deodorant ($8.95)
MEH! Neither a yay or nay, but rather a meh! Made with good stuff like juniper berry, tea tree & lemongrass, this natural deodorant is better at odour control than the rest of LUSH’s offerings, but still fails to evoke more than a lukewarm nod from me. Though it is convenient to store, it is messy in application as it leaves a white residue.
NEW! Solid Shampoo ($11.95)
MAC Lip Pencil ($19 CDN)
Thanks to Kylie Jenner and her overdrawn lips, lipliners are back for good! I’m not complaining, however; my tiny pout could seriously use some help. Lipliners always help tiny lips- remember that! These have been ignored for so long that I barely felt their existence ever since I got into makeup. The only exception was when I wore red lips, who likes bleeding red lips except when its halloween and you are a vampire? Right? As with anything new, I turned to MAC to explore first. What I love the most about these is the texture, not waxy, kind of stiff actually, but still pigmented. In fact, I’d be ok wearing it with just a lip balm for a matte look.
Cherry: I have already talked about this previously. It is the most gorgeous red liner, the truest blue based red. Pairs well with any red lipstick.
Spice: This is a cult favourite among bollywood actresses for that nude lip, so that’s what prompted me to get it. Perfect nude for medium-dark skintones, covers up the pigmentation in my lips completely. An everyday must have, if there was one liner I’d recommend, it would be this one!
There are numerous reasons to love ColourPop, but its refreshing to see a budget brand come up with an amazing range of unique shades and have quality like woah! My personal favourites are I <3 this, LBB & Leather. I’m not a big fan of the lighter pinks because they are just not meant for my skin-tone, but the lipsticks have fabulous quality, at a very accessible price point!
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Mattes
I’m not the biggest fan of Maybelline’s lipsticks because of the “scent” these carry, it is plastic-y and obnoxious. But, but – these are worth overlooking that “scent”, in my opinion. The colours, Mesmerizing Magenta & Touch of Spice are literally my favourite lipstick of the moment and I wear Touch of Spice everyday. The feel is surprisingly moisturizing for a matte lipstick. I definitely want to pick up at least a couple more!
L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation – $12.98 CDN
So, I did not see this one coming. This particular foundation has been around forever and I have also been blogging for almost ever. All along, I thought I was over drugstore foundations, such a snob I am. Well, I had my reasons – most don’t wear well, don’t feel good and I can’t ever find my shade. Then this happened. I think this foundation has been around for a while, but I never thought it would be this good.