Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lancôme 'French Idole' Collection (Review+Swatches)

Hey Everyone, 

This fall, Lancôme Cosmetics draws inspiration from the heart of Parisian fashion with their new Fall 2014 'French Idole' Collection. With shades of Malachite Green and Brown Amethyst, both channeled from the hottest men's fashion catwalks, the gorgeous, shimmering new collection is, as Lancôme says, 'reminiscent of precious stones'.  With three stunning nail polishes, a new lipstick and one of the most beautiful jewel-toned eyeshadow palettes you have ever seen, the new collection is effortlessly chic, and absolutely perfect for fall. 

"Casual style meets shimmering gems.  Lancôme pays homage to the Parisienne, her independence and resolutely effortless chic, playing with the rules of fashion to make them all her own". 

Below is a closer look at some of the items from Lancôme's new 'French Idole' Collection: 

Lancôme Hypnose Palette in DR07- Malachite & Améthyste ($54 CND): 
With a 'harmony of uber chic khakis' and deep vibrant purples, Lancôme's newest jewel toned Hypnose palette screams fall. Beautifully pigmented, all of the shadows in the new palette work in harmony to create a soft smoky look perfect for both day and night. While slightly drier in texture, all five shadows in the palette are incredibly easy to blend leaving behind absolutely no chalky build-up or powdery fallout. Below is a closer look at each of the shades in the new 'Malachite & Améthyste' palette: 

1) A deep khaki green with golden undertones and finely milled iridescent gold shimmer, this shade makes for a beautiful all over lid and/or crease colour. 

2) A deep, almost blackened plum with finely milled iridescent purple shimmer, this shade can be used as both an eyeshadow and an eyeliner (wet or dry). 

3) A deep, smoky, slightly blackened purple with iridescent purple, green and gold shimmer, this shade works beautifully in the crease and outer-v to create a more dramatic eye look. 

4) A light khaki green with large chunks of golden glitter, this shade looks beautiful packed all over the lid. 

5) A shimmering cream with iridescent gold glitter. this shade makes for a beautiful inner corner highlight (personally I think its a little too glittery to be used as a brow bone highlight). 

Lancôme Hypnose Palette in 'Malachite & Améthyst'

Lancome Vernis in Love Nail Polish in '439 Topaz Rose' and '387 Améthyst Brune' ($18 CND/each): 
As part of the new Parisian inspired 'French Idole' collection, Lancôme introduces three new limited-edtion jewel toned nail polishes (two of which can be seen above). Beautifully pigmented, these iridescent polishes apply smoothly and opaquely in just two coats. Below is a closer look at two of the new 'French Idole' polishes:  

1) 439 Topaz Rose: A goregeous shimmering berry with an iridescent pink sheen, this stunning polish applies opaquely in two coats, lasting well over a week on nails (I wore this shade for two weeks straight with no chipping). 

2) 387 Amethyst Brune: A deep smoky, almost blackened purple with a lighter iridescent purple sheen, this polish applies opaquely in two coats giving nails a unique vampy feel. 

What do you think of the new Lancôme 'French Idole' Collection? Will you be picking anything up? Which of the items above would you most like to get your hands on?  

Monday, September 29, 2014

Currently Coveting (Fall 2014)

Sleek and stylish, this matte black Michael Kors watch has been on my covet list for quite some time now. While I love the two Michael Kors watches I currently own, they are quite 'flashy', and I would love to add something a little more subdued and 'classic' to my collection. 

I love a good 'arm party' and think this Stella & Dot gold and diamond spiked bracelet (it also comes in rose gold and silver) would make the perfect accessory for any fall-inspired fashion look. 

Another ridiculously gorgeous item from the new Stella & Dot catalogue, this rose gold and pave diamond bracelet is, as the website states 'the perfect balance between edgy and delicate'. Love!

Since launching in the US, I have had my eye on Charlotte Tilbury's absolutely stunning makeup collection. My most coveted item from the line? The beautifully packaged 'Filmstar Bronze and Glow' palette (don't you love the rose gold?) which combines a light matte bronzer (perfect for contouring) and a finely milled champagne highlighting powder. 

While I have never been a huge fan of Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Bricks (I find the one I own to be quite glittery and messy), the makeup artist's latest highlighter 'Sandstone' has me drooling. A mix of bronze and champagne tones, 'Sandstone' gives fair skin (like mine) the most beautiful, natural, bronzed glow. 

With Fall weather on its way, my super sensitive skin has been feeling the need for some majorly hydrating products. My first choice? Glam Glow's THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment (I tried a sample recently and loved it), which uses coconut, honey, olive leaf, ginger root and more to 'lock in moisture' leaving skin looking and feeling perfectly plumped. 

While I would be lying if I said I didn't want to get my hands on all of Charlotte Tilbury's 'Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop' blushes (after all, I am a self-confessed blush addict), I have limited my 'covet' list to one, 'Sex on Fire'. With a beautiful mauve-pink outer rim and a deep rose core, the multi-coloured blush is absolutely perfect for fall. 

While I, quite honestly, don't need really need another purse, Rebecca Minkoff's new 'Lipstick/Cerise' Mini M.A.C has absolutely caught my eye. Slightly textured, this deep burgundy and black leather purse makes for the ultimate fall bag. 

What do you think of my most recent Currently Coveting list? Will you be adding anything to your wish list? What beauty and accessory items are you currently coveting? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

My Fall Inspired FOTD

Hey Everyone, 

Happy Thursday! I hope you are all having a great week. After posing the question 'what kind of posts would you like to see more of from me', on my most recently giveaway (click here to enter), a lot of people said they would like to see more makeup looks/tutorials. While I, personally, am not at the stage where I feel comfortable doing a complete tutorial, I would love to share more makeup looks with you. 

Today's look is a little different than my 'every day' makeup look which tends to be very light and neutral. Having been sick for the past couple of weeks, I haven't had a chance to do my makeup so, now that I am feeling a little better, I wanted to play around with some of my favourite fall shades including MAC's 'Club' eyeshadow, a gorgeous burgundy/green duo-chrome. Personally, I love the look, although I do wish the lip appeared a little more red, and less pink on camera. 

Below are all of the details of my fall-inspired look: 

Foundation: Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum
Powder: Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Powder Foundation in '113'
Blush: NARS Powder Blush in 'Dolce Vita' + MAC Powder Blush in 'Brezzy'
Highlighter: ILLAMASQUA Gleam Highlighter in 'Aurora'

Brows: It Cosmetics Universal Brow Power Pencil
Eyeshadow: MAC 'Soft Brown' (crease), Makeup Geek 'Cocoa Bear' + 'Bitten' (inner and outer corner of lid), MAC 'Club' (middle lid), MAC 'Smut' (upper lash line)
Mascara: GOSH Double Precision Mascara

Lipstick: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 'Smitten' + 'Romantic'

What do you think of my fall inspired makeup look? Will you be trying any of the products I used? What is your typical fall makeup look? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below.