Tuesday, April 22, 2014

FAVORITE PALETTES OF THE MOMENT


It's every beauty addicts problem: we own so much makeup we don't know what to do with, that we tend to reach for the same products for months on end. Lately i've been reaching for these three palettes.

-The Nars Guy Bourdin One Night Stand Palette (Limited Edition). This has got to be my favorite purchase of--dare I say it--all time. I reach for this everyday because of the amazing blushes, the incredible bronzer, and the lovely highlight shade. It's honestly the perfect palette because you can pair any of these blushes with any eye makeup look. 

-MUA Undressed Eyeshadow Palette. I was so happy that my friend Nadine, who lives in London, gave this to me for christmas last year. The shades are creamy and gorgeous, I love both the mattes and the shimmer colors which is a rare find in a palette as most of the time its hard to get them both right. The bronzey shades in this palette are my fave. 

-Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. Another christmas present, this time from my Mom, the Naked 3 is a palette I tend to reach for on a daily basis as well as for makeup clients. It's flattering on everybody, and Urban Decay shadows are such high quality, which makes it a joy to use. 



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Monday, April 21, 2014

A STUDYING REWARD



The end of the semester is almost in sight, which means that finals are now upon us. My morale hasn't been very high these past few weeks when it comes to my school work, so I decided to treat myself to one makeup purchase that turned out to really brighten my week. When I saw the Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 109 on sale at my local drugstore I thought it screamed Mad Men (Joan in particular) and I thought it would be the perfect thing to bring me out of my pre-finals funk. 

The lipstick smells a bit of watermelon, and it's a lovely matte color that feels creamy on the lips. I got instant compliments when I wore this, and I felt so lovely in it that I wore it to school to do a class presentation to give me some confidence. 

What do you think of the color? Do you guys like to treat yourself to some makeup goodies when school or work gets tough?

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

DISAPPOINTING PRODUCT (SHADE ONLY!)



























Ok so I know the new-ish Maybelline Color Elixir was a bit of a hype when it was first released, particularly by my beloved Essie Button, but I only got around to purchasing one shade from the range. Boy was I disappointed. Now let me preface this by saying that I have rather large lips, and lipglosses normally look kind of ridiculous on me--especially RED ones. I own maybe one other red lipgloss (from Dior) and I can honestly say I hate it and only kept it because of the packaging. #beautyaddictalert

Red matte lipsticks look great on me but theres something about a shiny red lip that makes me look clownish. I purchased this Color Elixir in Signature Scarlet because I had seen images on someones blog on thought that it looked lovely on them, the only problem was is that when I tried it on myself the color looked ridiculous. It was overly shiny, patchy, and overall terrible. Now, I haven't tried any other colors from the range but I'd imagine that a soft pink or a nude would look good, but i'm a bit apprehensive. Still willing to try though!

Do you like any softer colors from the Color Elixir range? Let me know in the comments!


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Monday, April 14, 2014

A CANADIAN DRUGSTORE: MONTREAL





















































































I thought it would be fun to share some photos of my local drugstore Pharmaprix with you guys, I know a lot of my readers are American and British, so here's a small peek into the shelves of the beauty section! Of course we have the standard L'oreal, Maybelline, Cover Girl brands, but when I moved to Montreal (i'm American) I was so shocked to see how many french brands the drugstore carried. Bourjois, La Roche Posay, Bioderma, Vichy, the list goes on. They also carry Canadian brands such as Marcelle, Personelle, Lise Watier, which I try from time to time but if i'm totally honest i'm not exactly thrilled with.

I love that there are women stationed in the beauty section that are there to help you with your needs (although sometimes I just want to be left alone. Who else has had the secret dream of being the only person in a makeup store? I'd swatch the sh*t out of everything...).

Another drugstore here is Jean Coutu, which carries high end brands like The Balm. Sometimes I miss american drugstores because of the awesome sales and brands like Milani and Wet n' Wild, but overall I really love our drugstores here!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

A SPRING TIME LIPSTICK DISCOVERY




























A recent discovery from Sephora is their lipstick in Love Test from the Sephora Makeup Range. I was on the hunt for a creamy matte fuchsia pink and low and behold I found exactly what I was looking for. The formula of this lipstick is amazing: creamy and rich, not at all drying which is inconceivable for a matte lipstick! I think this is the perfect springtime color because it's bright and feminine, and super wearable.




What's your favorite spring time lipstick?

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

DRUGSTORE DIVA TAG


























I was tagged by the lovely Justine from According to Justine to do the Drugstore Diva tag, which is basically my ten favorite items from the drugstore. Here we go!

1. Foundation
My favorite drugstore foundation is definitely the Revlon Nearly Naked in Vanilla. It's a great everyday foundation because it's not too heavy but it still covers most imperfections. It's also very buildable so if you want more coverage, thats totally possible.

2. Concealer
The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Spot Eraser. Besides the name being a mouthful, this product does an amazing job of concealing blemishes and dark spots, but also under-eye circles. I have it in the shade Fair/Light and I am amazed at how awesome this thing is. Most days I just wear this instead of foundation.

3. Powder
The Rimmel Stay Matte Powder is a great drugstore product that keeps you mattified all day. I love that something so cheap can be so amazing!

4. Bronzer
For bronzer I always turn to is the Rimmel Natural Bronzer in Sun Bronze. Aside from being a natural contouring color, I love to also use this as an eyeshadow crease color to warm up the face!

5. Blush
My favorite blush is Milani's Luminoso, which is a beautiful peachy color with a bit of shimmer. You don't even need to wear a highlight with this blush! It's super beautiful and worth the hype.

6. Highlighter
Elf's baked blush in Pinktastic is a great highlighter when you really want to look glowing. I remember when I first discovered it and thought "Where have you been all my life!?"

7. Eyeshadow
I couldn't pick just one! I always find myself reaching for the Sonia Kashuk Bronzed Beauty eyeshadow quad. There's two gold/bronze eyeshadows, a brown, and a shimmery glitter color. It's the perfect palette for brunettes, especially for summertime.

8. Eyeliner
I love the Rimmel Scandaleyes eyeliner range, and my two favorite colors are the brown and black ones. Particularly the brown shade because of it's unique color (it has a hint of shimmer) and the fact that it lasts all day long which is hard to find in brown liners!

9. Mascara
The Loreal Telescopic Carbon Black is by far my favorite mascara of all time. I love the length that it gives, and it makes your lashes look amazing when you're having a lazy day and don't feel like doing much for eye makeup. Just apply two coats and it makes your eyes pop!

10. Lipstick
My all time favorite lipstick is from Essence in the shade Red Carpet. It's a moisturizing red lipstick, and it's the perfect red shade. It suits my skin tone so well, and not to mention it's super cheap! Love!

I Tag:
Lauren from Lauren Wanders
Dejhana from Waite a Little 
Celina from The Celution

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

NEW DOVE PISTACHIO CREAM BODY WASH AND SOAP


























I was browsing the skincare aisle of my local pharmacy the other day, and I stumbled upon the new Purely Pampering Body Wash and soap from Dove in the Pistachio Cream scent. I opened up the bottle to give it a whiff and oh my--it was love. I was instantly reminded of the Laura Mercier Crème de Pistache Soufflé Body creme, which can be bought for a cool $60. The Dove body wash? $5.99.

The soap bar smells a tad less yummy than the body wash but I love the combination of using both because it really makes the scent last all day. I kept getting whiffs of it throughout the day, which I NEVER get with other body washes. I truly love this product and i'm so glad I found a cheaper alternative to something that smells so luxurious and lovely.


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Monday, April 7, 2014

NEW PURCHASE: PAI ROSEHIP OIL


So i'm pretty proud of myself. For the first time in forever (sang in Kristen Bell's voice from Frozen) I actually finished a product before buying something new! For a while I was using the Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Corrector (see my post on it HERE) and I was determined to finish it before buying the longtime coveted Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil

I've mentioned a couple of times before on my blog that I was a longtime acne sufferer, and while I now have that under complete control, I still unfortunately having some scarring left. The Kiehl's serum was amazing at diminishing the pigmentation of the scars, but I'm excited to try the Rosehip Oil because of it's treatment for diminishing the scars themselves. Since it's only day 3 of using this, I don't have a review just yet but I will update you all within a couple of months. Here's to hoping this is a wonderful product!