theBalm Homecoming Queen Stainiac Lipstain ($20 Cdn) is a “sheer soft peach” stain according to theBalm. On me however, it is a subtle tangerine shade of stain. I swatched it in Rexall one random day and I left without buying it. When I went back home, I couldn’t stop thinking of it. It looked sooo beautiful against my brown skin; it is as if they belonged together.
Archives for August 2011
I recently signed up for Loose Button Luxe Box, which is the Canadian version of Birchbox from US and Glossybox from the UK. Every month they mail out 4-5 deluxe samples for a charge of $12 + GST. The samples are personalized to the “beauty profile” you create when you sign up. Sounds like a deal? Yeah it totally did to me. Being a beauty blogger, I think it is important for me to experiment and what better outlet than deluxe samples?
Want to see what I got?
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Ultra Darling ($17.50 Cdn) is a mid tone yellow pink. According to me, however, it is a muted coral pink with yellow undertones. The moment I tried it on in the MAC store (which was yesterday) I knew we would go a long way (read loooooong way).
MAC Stars & Rockets eyeshadow ($18 Cdn) is a purple with pink pearl in a veluxe pearl finish. It is one of the most beautiful yet poorly formulated eyeshadows from MAC. I personally love the duo chrome color, but the texture is a far cry from amazing. It is not the smoothest eyeshadow from the lot and comes across as rather chalky. Despite its shortcomings, I like this eyeshadow simply because it is gorgeous. It is wonderful to use in the crease for doing pale purple eye looks. Only if it had better pigmentation, then only there would be justice done to this beautiful color. Do I recommend? Only with some apprehensions!
MAC Lipliner in Cherry ($16.50 Cdn) is one of my best buys. No, I am not necessarily suggesting that MAC makes the best lipliners out there. Quality wise, it is a pretty decent lip liner, so no complaints there. Applies smoothly and packs on color as it should. Definitely no budging or bleeding with this one. The texture is perfect; not too gooey, not too stiff.
In about two week’s time, it is back to school for me. A lot of readers must also be going back to school, so in honour of that, I decided to do a post on my favorite day safe, easy to wear lip glosses. Why lip glosses? Because when I look back at my undergrad days, that’s all I wore. I just had ONE lipstick, that’s all! I was obsessed with lipglosses, mainly Lancome’s Juicy Tube in Bolele, which is discontinued now I think. I saw Britney Spears wear it on the cover of Seventeen magazine once and I was obsessed. There was also a Chanel one, I still have it. I use to use that one sparingly because it was my first and turns out till now, only Chanel lipgloss. Oh gosh, this is turning out to be me being nostalgic about my old lip glosses. Oh well, without further delay let’s roll out my top 5 choices for natural lip glosses.
SpaRitual Infinitely Loving Organic Moisturizing Lotion ($28US for 7.7 oz) is the latest addition to SpaRitual’s Infinitely Loving line. It features 83% certified organic ingredients, including the goodness of jasmine essential oil, shea butter, sesame oil, aloe vera and organic olive oil. The lotion is conditioned to hydrate and protect the skin and is light enough to be used for massage. It can be used on hand, foot and body.
MAC Ambering Rose ($23.50 Cdn) is a muted rose color with a sheertone shimmer finish. According to me, however, it is a coral rose shade. It is just that perky orange hued rose that goes on very sheer and capable of looking very good on fair to medium skin-tones. Given the fact that it is a sheer makes it work for fair skin-tones and can be packed on for more punch on medium to medium dark skin-tones. Maybe it is too sheer for dark skin-tones, so cannot confidently recommend it. Despite the fact that it looks so bright in the pan, it actually goes rather sheer. It pairs well with almost anything, from bright poppy eyes to simply kohl lined. Overall, I feel it is not the biggest must have blush from MAC, but it is still really nice. If you are a collector of blushes like yours truly, then you will enjoy this blush. It is easy to work with and gives flattering results.
MAC Aquadisiac Eyeshadow ($18 Cdn) is a deep sea turquoise with a lustre finish. It is one of the more flattering and wearable blues out there for me. The pigmentation is amazing and even though it is a lustre finish, there is no fall out or chalkiness. I really love doing eye looks with this one to wear with turquoise clothes. It actually comes across as a candied jewel tone shade of turquoise, which is what I love about this shade. It is pretty, but never overpowering or clownish. Definitely worth a look if you are in the market for blue eyeshadows.
Bourjois Rose Lounge Nail Lacquer ($10 Cdn) is that nail polish which Kate Middleton wore the day she became the Duchess of Cambridge. Mmm hmm. Yeah you may remember that wedding if you were alive on April 29, 2010. Yes, I am talking to you! The world went abuzz on her dress, her hair and yes, her make-up. I never did comment on her make-up, but I thought it was very nicely done and OMG she did it herself? I do think the Duchess is one heck of a boring dresser, but I guess that is her job memo. Otherwise isn’t Katey No More Waitey a charmer? I planned to do this post when she was in my hometown of Calgary, but that didn’t happen, I was busy doing other things. No, I didn’t stalk her but a few friends did and caught her shoulder peeking out from her tinted limo window, but that’s about it. I guess that’s still pretty exciting?
I, like most beauty bloggers, have more stuff to last me at least three last times. At least at the pace I am using it currently. As surprising as it may seem, I rarely wear make-up in my non blogging life. Let’s face it, its expensive; I have sacrificed many pairs of Louboutins for the make up I buy (I used to battle a shoe addiction, which I apparently replaced with make-up). I really want to go out there and splurge, but the frugal person in me (yes, its alive apparently) can’t make sense of it all. So I thought, why not actually finish somethings before indulging in another spree?
I chose 1) Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin because it is almost finished and this makes it so much easier. Also, I want to get MAC Paint Pot in rubenesque, which is similar, so it only makes sense I finish something like that before. 2) MAC Studio Finish Concealer; ever since I found my holy grail in theBalm’s Time Balm concealer, I don’t use other concealers, at all. This is by no means a bad concealer and deserves to get used and now I have decided that it will :). 3) MAC Fluidline in Blitz & Glitz; it is drying up for the second time and is half finished. It needs to RIP finally, so I plan to finish it as soon as I can. 4) MAC Plushglass in Big Baby; I have had this for a while now and is half done, therefore must go. 5) MAC Lipglass in Virgin Kiss (LE) it was the third lipgloss I ever bought from MAC. It is limited edition from years ago, so I can’t use it on the blog. But the color is wearable for everyday. It must be finished.
I tag this to everyone of you. It is important to finish up products if you really want to get your money’s worth! So I would encourage you to finish a few products before buying new ones!