Bonjour Beauties, I only have a sneak peek of this fabulous palette called Too Faced Sweet Dreams at the moment because of my apparent busy-ness, and lack of creative juices flowing to write up a review which this beauty deserves. It is 2:00 AM you see, and I had a long day. There are only pictures for now, the review should be up sometime next week. If you have been eyeing this for a long time, to cut long story short, there is a green flag from my side. If you have been undecided, maybe the swatches and pictures will help you decide a bit better? If you still don’t want it, then I envy you, because you must have a will power of a saint or whoever has the strongest will power, lol! Jump after to see more pictures!
Archives for November 2011
The Body Shop 4-Step Smoky Eye Palette in Golden Brown ($28) is part of their winter trend make-up collection and consists of four eyeshadows in the warm shades of brown and gold, a mini eye definer and mini eyeshadow brush. It is a basic smoky eye recipe, which is pretty much fail safe for the holiday parties. Pair a classic brown/black smokey eye with pale blush and red lips and you are good to go!
If you are having a good skin day, then be sure to skip foundation. Even though I love foundation, I realize a lot of the love was unnecessary. I mean, I do think foundation is important, but sometimes, it ruins photographs, doesn’t match perfect, or at its worst, makes you look like you are wearing cake and butter frosting (I’d rather just eat it, you know?). So when you are having a good skin day, do skip foundation and see how you look and feel. I thought I was having a good skin day today, so I skipped foundation and did this FOTD. I thought I looked, dare I say, darn good without it as well, even though the discolouration on my chin is exposed, but you know – you and me, we have no secrets, lol. I used Too Faced Sweet Dreams Palette (I shall review this very soon, I promise) for eyeshadow and blush and for lips, I wore Tarina Tarantino Conditioning Lip Sheen in Floriculture, which is my “It” lipstick for fall.
MAC Humid Eyeshadow ($18/$14 for refill) is described as an intense green with shimmer with a frost finish. It is one of the best greens for fall/winter, in my opinion. It is not your average attention grabbing green, unless you use it as an all over lid color, in which case it is. I use it to intensify my crease in most cases; it makes the perfect ingredient for a green smokey eye. Even though it is dark, it is muted; there is some “dirty-ness” to it and hence qualifies to be a non-attention-seeker. It also depends how you use it. Now, it is not the most pigmented, buttery smooth eyeshadow but it is also by no means chalky or hard to work with. The somewhat stiffness works in its favor because it is a deeper shade and yes, it is not powdery, has no fall-out and stays on for a decent amount of time (with primer, of course). It is not my favorite green, but I still like it lots. This one is not for the ones starting out with make-up, you would need some experience with make-up to truly appreciate this one.
China Glaze Eye Candy 3-D Glitters Collection is a holiday collection inspired by Marilyn Monroe. Today I will swatch and review three of the shades in this collection; Some Like it Haute (Graphite grey with holographic glitter), Blonde Bombshell (Glistening multidimensional fold flecks) and Love Marilyn (Vivacious red with shimmering silver particles).
Rouge in Love will be available in 24 shades, each one of the shades has its own name, its own STORY and are inspired by different MOMENTS AND MOODS of a modern and stylish young woman.
As a result, the colour palette is divided into THREE love moments of the day: JOLIS MATINS, BOUDOIR TIME and TONIGHT IS MY NIGHT,each offering a different makeup effect.
▪ Jolis Matins: Fresh and light shades, tone-on-tone pearl particles for sheer effet.
▪ Boudoir Time: Fun and flashy shades, more pigmented.
▪Tonight is my Night: Deep and intense shades, golden pearl particles for a more opaque finish.
Rouge in Love will be available as of mid-February 2012 at all Lancôme counters and on Lancôme.ca. ($30 each)
I would be honest and say upfront that this is not a review, but an introduction. A few weeks ago, I got an email from Topbox.ca asking if I would be willing to talk about their sample subscription service. I thought, sure, why not? I personally love the idea behind sample subscriptions, but I had my fingers burnt twice (but we’ll just not talk about it). The thing is, if you are going to charge money for samples, they better be worth it right? And I would definitely love at least one full-size product thrown in there. And no, nothing to do with drug-store either because excuse me, should I really be paying any money for “drugstore samples”? No, I don’t think so!
Being a hot single iconic celebrity is hard enough. Just ask Hello Kitty; some say she is too cute to handle. Matchmakers in Cosmeticsland had given up. Then one day, in the humble Club Monaco purse of a very busy beauty editor, she met Tweezerman. Now Tweezerman is not your average male celebrity. Being the committed method actor he is, he doesn’t live the life of sex, drugs & rock-n-roll. He is very rare for his breed; steady, simple, bring home to the rents type of guy! The moment they set their eyes on each other, they knew it was it. Gossip mags went crazy, Perez Hilton couldn’t stop blogging about them and paparazzi just won’t leave them alone! But their relationship is going strong; these two just connect, y’all! And even though they eloped and got married in Vegas, something tells me that they are in for long innings.
Who knew that The Body Shop could do a fragrance so good? With a heady blend of musks on top, heart and base and little notes of Turkish delight, baby orchid and Chantilly cream here and there, this one is a winner! If you like sweet and sensual fragrance, you will definitely dig White Musk Libertine. Ok, so you know that this one clicked with me big time, but I was taken away by how sweetly sensual this one is; it is almost luxurious and the fancy pink packaging doesn’t hurt a bit, you know!
The Body Shop has five products in this range; a body lotion ($16.50), eau de toilette ($24), a body wash ($16.50), eau de parfum ($24) and a body mist ($15). I got to try the bolded ones and yes, I will tell you all about it in detail in this review, read on!
LUSH Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask is a mask meant for break out prone skin, but I tried it regardless. I had heard many great things about it from friends and wanted to find out for myself. I have to say, even though I do not have break-out prone skin, this mask still did great things for my skin. It left my face as soft or maybe even softer than a baby’s bottom. I had been taking a lot of anti-biotics in the past month and its effect showed up on my skin, it was very zombie-like, to be frank. My skin had never looked so out of it, so having a mask with healing properties like this one was a nice treat. I cannot speak for how it fares on people with acne-prone skin, but someone who has normal but dull skin, this is a not so bad mask at all. Even though it doesn’t ideally cater to my needs, it still left it very soft and that’s not such a bad thing after all, non?
Have you heard of Beauty Bloggers for Charity? Tune into BeautyBloggers.org between Nov. 28th and Dec. 12th to bid on some awesome products. The auctions will be open internationally and all proceeds will go to Doctors Without Boarders, so don’t miss it!
Addicted to Beauty is excited to hear about the latest scented mascara – Guerlain’s Noir G! Will it be a hit or a miss?
Get them before they are gone – polish insomniac shows you two of the Nicole by OPI Holiday Glitters!
Have you found your perfect fall lip colour yet? Rae, at theNotice, unearths another “hidden gem” in the brand’s permanent lineup. Be sure to check out her MAC Desire lipstick review to see it for yourself!
My Lips But Better learns why you should always get a sample before purchasing new foundation!
The Pink Sith tells you a story about an “Ugly Duckling” or sorts and how she was transformed by Votre Vu SnapDragon Body Cream. This story has a happy ending.
Want perfect party nails for this season? Amy Antoinette shows us some sparkle with Models Own Pink Fizz.
Tracy at Beauty Reflections says Deborah Lippmann Stairway To Heaven is winter skating party worthy!
Want a compact powder for great coverage and convenience? Bun Bun Makeup Tips recommends the MAC Studio Fix Foundation.
Have you seen Guerlain’s Spring 2012 Collection yet? Anita at Pleasureflush wants everything! What about you?
Kajal Couture shares her 5 Must-Have MAC Shadows that complement every skin tone!
At Musing on Beauty, Mariella tries a shampoo that smells like creme brûlée and keep your color vibrant.
Prime Beauty’s Guest Reviewer takes you on a fragrance journey – or should I say fragrance quest? See what she ended up choosing.
Want to win 3 month’s of free nail polish customized to your taste? Enter Perfectly Imperfect’s Julep Maven giveaway!
Smashinbeauty is have a Sigma Beauty & E.L.F. Cosmetics Giveaway. Make sure to check it out.
Shivani at Adorable On Your Vanity is celebrating her puppy’s first birthday, with a gorgeous namkesake lipstick from Dior, Dior Addict Lipstick in Millie. Come and tell who is cuter!
It’s Holiday Giveaway time! Enter to win a Conair Spin Air Brush from Audrey Dao!
Annabelle Smudgepaints ($10.95) are well, something else! I have never come across such a product. These are eyeliners, eye paints, and overall, fabulous little helping hands for a killer smokey and cat eye! I personally am all over their gooey texture; these are so soft! Needless to say, these apply smooth. Considering these are also eye paints and meant to be smudged, they better, right? I love them as a gel-liner, the colour is vibrant, applies smooth and stays put for a good work day. As a shadow, it is kind of difficult to apply as an all over lid colour, but does work fantastically in the crease. All of the shades are dark, however, so not many of us would want them as all over lid colours in the first place, I reckon. The packaging is fantastic! Usually even higher end gel liners come with forgettable brushes, but this one has a steady built in one, which offers amazing control on the liners. A cat-eye is as easy as 1-2-3 with its brush. Overall, I think these are quite neat. I love them as an eyeliner and though, not perfect as the paint, it is by no means bad either. The pigmentation is to die for, application is smooth…now how much more convincing do you need? Do check them out next time at the drugstore!