There are only certain things I’m scared of when it comes to makeup: blue eyeshadow (can’t carry those off), that nude, nude lipstick ( ala MAC Myth) or bright, bright blush. But I love blush, or as the recent trend proclaims that maybe a thing of the past, but the point is, I have a massive blush collection and not too long ago, every shopping trip to the mall resulted in me bringing home either a MAC or NARS blush, if not multiples of both. I have slowed down because lately the trend in my personal life has been to not wear makeup at all. Yes, just a dash of moisturizer and sunscreen and I am ready to go. But, I know a beauty when I see one and NARS Taj Mahal is certainly that sublime beauty of a blush.
There are very few types of products I’m obsessed with: the perfect red lipstick (which is basically any red lipstick in fancy packaging), the perfect foundation (currently loving the Burberry one) & any kohl liner which can last a day on the waterline and brownie points if it is a deep dark black. Have I hit score with Marcelle Kajal Kohl Eyeliner ($11.95)? Let’s find out!
There are things you love and there are things you fall in love with. L’occitane Immortelle Brightening Mist ($22 CAN) falls in the latter bunch. Very honestly, I did not see this one coming. In fact, first I was mildly repelled by the slightly plastic-y floral smell. But it grew on me after all. Why? Because it is more than your run off the mill face mist. Much, much more!
Is spring on its way? Us Canadians are still waiting on it and it seems like we have been for a while. I like to distract myself from unexpected and unwelcome snow storms by bright, fun lip colours and I most often reach for Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Plushest Punch. The shade is the potent mix of raspberry & fuchsia – what’s not to love?
I don’t like lipgloss. I find it to be a juvenile and an unwanted trap for my tresses. Usually, but not always. Enter Annabelle Le Big Show Glosses ($10 CAN) and I think I’m transferred back to my junior high school phase of lipgloss lovin’.
What was I thinking all this while? Yes that is the question I ask my restless mind when it comes the gem that is Marcelle BB Cream ($22.95). The only reason why I didn’t pick this up was because I was worried I won’t fit into the limited two three colours fit all spectrum. Turns out that the shade Medium to Dark was flexible enough for my NC 40 skin tone. I’m still on the verge, however; if I tan, I doubt it will look “natural”.
Illamasqua is not the brand to go to if you love your usual sheer everyday fare – it is the brand if you love some dramatic flair, ha! I’m definitely not someone who shies away from the bold and hot fuchsia and my lips are meant to be together – it’s kind of obvious. Come to the picture, Illamasqua Eurydice, which is a stunning bright fuchsia pink in a delectable matte formula. Though there is no mention of it, there is a subdued lavender undertone to it or at least I think there is.
It is old news that I’m behind on reviews, this particular review in question is about at least 8 months late or so. But as they say, better late than never, am I right? Here I have a Clinique Chubby Stick in Oversized Orange. Yes, I know I’m supposed to be finished covering the intenses already, but I feel that these should not be overlooked by any means.
I have found the most gentle yet effective deodorant ever. Deodorants are a frustrating bunch for me, usually. I have sensitive skin the reacts snotty to most synthetic deodorant and while, I did find a little relief through Lush’s natural deodorants, overall I found them to be a bit messy and not much effective. I had to reapply at least once to make sure, well, that I wasn’t stinking after my hot yoga class. Enter Lavanila Natural Deodorant ($23 CAN/$18US) and I’m in naturally freshened heaven.
Why I love it? Well, its simlple. It does not irritate or darken my skin and keeps me fresh even after a work out && its not messy! I highly recommend if you are in the market to switch to a natural deodorant. Though its expensive for a deodorant, if you have sensitive skin then you’ll appreciate it regardless.
I love Inglot’s eyeshadows. I’m not someone who falls for a quad in the latest collection – I’d rather pick out my own colours from a brand that I know works. I personally feel Inglot’s pearl eyeshadows are some of the best in the market – highly pigmented, buttery and smooth. It also has some beautifully complex shades out there and one of them is #420. A spectacular mix of lavender, grey and silver – it is all sorts of beauty in a few odd grams of eyeshadow.
I’m not big on powder foundations, having dry skin and all, but Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation ($42) sounded too tempting to resist. Make Up For Ever’s creator and artistic director, Dany Sanz, tested over 70 foundations before settling with this formula. What’s so special about this? Let’s find out!
So, it was a ridiculously extended sabbatical I took and this is my first review in about 3 months or so. I won’t lie, it is overwhelming to start over, it is almost as if I have forgotten how to type! (I hadn’t published this for a while) I wish I had chosen a product I was totally in love with, as opposed to this one, but I have been itching to share what I truly feel about this one. So without any further distractions, let’s get to the point and discuss Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Dune ($44 cdn).