Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dior 'Golden Shock' Holiday 2014 Nail Polishes (Review + Swatches)

Hey Everyone, 

While it is hard to believe we are already gearing up for the holiday season (there are 56 days until Christmas . . . not that I am counting), several beauty brands are already 'wow-ing' us with their stunning holiday inspired collections. Dior is no exception, as their 'Golden Shock' Holiday 2014 Collection embraces the glamour and glitz of the season with several  new lipsticks, lip glosses, mono shadows, eyeshadow palettes, nail polishes and an absolutely gorgeous highlighter. 
I was recently sent some some items from Dior's new 'Golden Shock' Holiday 2014 Collection and, after a couple weeks of testing them out, couldn't wait to share my thoughts. Below is a closer look at the five 'ornament like' nail polishes from Dior's newest collection: 

Dior Diorific Vernis  in '001 Golden Shock Top Coat' ($29 CND): 
A clear jelly base packed full of large flecks of golden glitter, Dior's 'Golden Shock Top Coat' gives nails a gold leaf effect that looks gorgeous worn over both lighter and darker polishes (it also looks good on its own for a trendy 'negative space' nail look). Easy to apply (you will get a good dose of glitter in two coats), Dior's 'Golden Shock Top Coat' is one of the prettiest polishes I have ever seen and, while quite pricey at $29 CND, definitely a product I would recommend checking out if you are looking to treat yourself to a little splurge. 

Dior Diorific Vernis in '022 Mirror' ($28 CND): 
A pearlescent white with an iridescent sheen and extremely finely milled gold shimmer, Dior's 'Mirror' gives nails a barely there, soft pearlized sheen (if you are looking for an opaque polish, this is not for you). Being that this polish is so sheer, it requires a good 3 coats to hide nail ridges and imperfections, making it somewhat 'high maintenance'. Personally, I prefer a little more bang for my buck and would stick to one of the darker shade in this collection. 

Dior Diorific Vernis in '241 Golden Equinox' ($28 CND): 
A warm metallic gold with finely milled iridescent gold shimmer, Dior's 'Gold Equinox' applies opaquely in three coats. While I love the look of metallic nails for the holidays, this polish is, unfortunately, quite streaky, and, therefore, not worth the $28 price tag, in my opinion. 

Dior Diorific Vernis in '762 Shock' ($28 CND): 
A bright red cream polish with slight blue undertones, Dior's 'Shock' is the quintessential holiday red. This polish, which applies opaquely in just one to two coats (you can definitely get away with one), is Dior at its best, making it one shade I recommend to all of my fellow nail polish addicts. 

Dior Diorific Vernis in '990 Smoky' ($28 CND): 
A deep smoky purple cream polish with extremely finely milled specs of iridescent shimmer, Dior's 'Smoky' applies opaquely in two coats giving nails an almost black-like colour. Combined with 'Dior's Golden Shock Top Coat', this polish makes for one gorgeous holiday nail look (see below) that I definitely plan on rocking all season long (I can't get enough of the combination). 

Smoky + Golden Shock Top Coat

L-R: Golden Shock Top Coat, Mirror, Golden Equinoxe, Shock, Smoky, Smoky with Golden Shock Top Coat. 

The new Dior Golden Shock Collection is available at Dior counters nationwide as of the beginning of this month. 

What do you think of Dior's new holiday nail polishes? Will you be adding any of them to your holiday wish list? Which of the above shades would you most like to get your hands on? What is your all time favourite holiday nail polish? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Haul: ColourPop Eyeshadows (Review+Swatches)

Hey Everyone, 

Happy Friday! I hope you have all had a wonderful week. My week, unfortunately, hit of a bit of sour note yesterday when I was in a small parking lot car accident. Luckily no one was hurt (except maybe my wallet), but there is quite a bit of damage to my brand new car. While the accident put a small kink in my week, it was still a great week as I managed to haul the new Lorac Mega Pro Palette and some pretty amazing ColourPop eyeshadows. 

For those unfamiliar with the brand, ColourPop is a newer, cruelty-free company that sells the most pigmented lipliners, lipsticks and eyeshadows you have ever seen. At only $5 USD a piece, their 'gel-like' shadows (it's a texture you just have to try for yourself), which come in a variety of finishes (metallic, satin, pearlized, etc.), are ridiculously well pigmented (all shadow swatches below were done with one swipe...amazing!) and an absolute dream to apply. Due to their unique formulation, these shadows are best applied with the finger but can also be used wet or dry with a brush (I like to use a wet brush to foil mine). Below is a closer look at the nine ColourPop eyeshadow shades I recently picked up:

ColourPop Eyeshadow in 'I Heart This' (Metallic): 
A light metallic taupe with both silver and purple undertones packed full of silver glitter, 'I Heart This' makes for a beautiful cool-toned lid colour. While this shade is incredibly well pigmented, I do like to apply it with a wet brush for a more foiled look. 

ColourPop Eyeshadow in 'Amaze' (Metallic): 
A light rose gold with peach undertones packed full of gold glitter, 'Amaze' is one of the most gorgeous shadows I've ever seen (seriously, it's so pretty). While this shadow does have A LOT of fall out (most of the metallic shades do), its insane pigmentation makes up for any mess, in my opinion.

ColourPop Eyeshadow in 'Lovely' (Metallic): 
A light shimmering champagne with both gold and peach undertones packed full of iridescent gold, pink and green iridescent glitter, 'Lovely' makes for a simple,yet stunning eye worn alone with just a touch of eyeliner and lots of mascara. 

ColourPop Eyeshadow in 'Mittens' (Satin): 
A warm chocolate brown with both red and orange undertones, 'Mittens', while said to have a 'satin finish', comes off as more of a matte. Insanely well pigmented (seriously, be careful it does stain), this shadow makes for a stunning crease and 'outer-v' shade. 

ColourPop Eyeshadow in 'Desert' (Satin): 
A light matte brown with strong orange undertones, 'Desert' reminds me of my all-time favourite MAC eyeshadow, 'Soft Brown', making for the most gorgeous crease colour. Extremely well pigmented, 'Desert' works to beautifully warm up any eye look. 

ColourPop Eyeshadow in 'Mooning' (Pearlized):
A deep, smoky chocolate brown with finely milled copper shimmer, 'Mooning' works beautifully in the 'outer-v' to smoke up any eye look. Unlike some of the more glittery shades, 'Mooning' does not have a lot of fallout, making for a much easier application. 

ColourPop Eyeshadow in 'Sequin' (Metallic): 
A deep metallic rose gold with chunky iridescent silver glitter, 'Sequins' makes for the most gorgeous autumn inspired lid colour. Beautifully pigmented, this shade is best applied with the finger or a wet brush for maximum colour payoff. 

ColourPop Eyeshadow in 'Get Lucky' (Ultra-Metallic): 
A metallic antique gold with green undertones and not even a hint of glitter (I love the ultra-metallic formula), 'Get Lucky' works beautifully as both an all over lid colour, and an inner corner highlight. Incredibly creamy and smooth, this shadow applies and blends like a dream. 

ColourPop Eyeshadow in 'Game Face' (Ultra Metallic): 
A rich metallic copper with extremely finely milled copper shimmer, 'Game Face' is, for me, the most beautiful shadow in the entire ColourPop line (just look at it!). Extremely well pigmented (honestly, they all have amazing pigmentation) this gel-like shadow applies effortlessly and looks great worn all over the lid, making blue eyes pop. 

I Heart This, Amaze, Lovely 

 Mittens, Desert, Mooning 

Sequin, Get Lucky, Game Face

At only $5 USD each, ColourPop's eyeshadows are a complete steal, and definitely worth a closer look (I know I will be looking to pick up a few more shades). 

Have you tried any of ColourPop's eyeshadows? Do you want to? Of the shades above which is your favourite? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Memebox Review: '#26 Hand & Nail Care Box'

Hey Everyone, 

While I have never been a big fan of all of the beauty subscription boxes currently on the market (truthfully, I would rather spend my money on one item I know I will like than a box full of surprise items I might not like), I was recently given the opportunity to test out one of Memebox's specially curated beauty boxes, and figured why not give it a try. 

A Korean beauty box service and e-commerce website, Memebox gives customers the chance to try a variety of Korean beauty products, with a number of specially themed skincare, haircare, nail care, body care and cosmetics boxes (ie. #59: Scrub Box and #57: For Dry & Sensitive Skin Box). Each box, which contains 4-8 full sized products and deluxe samples retails for $12-$32 (depending on which box you choose), and, unlike a lot of the other beauty box companies, does not require a monthly subscription (you can purchase as many themed boxes as you'd like). 

While I personally would have chosen a cosmetics or skincare themed box, I was sent Special #26: Hand & Nail Care Box, and was surprisingly impressed with almost everything included. The box, which retails for $23, contains 7 full sized nail and hand care themed products. 

'At Memebox, we believe that healthy and pretty hands are a girl’s best accessory, that hands should be as smooth as a baby’s bottom and that crazy manis are the best pick-me-up for any crappy day! So, treat and moisturize hands and nails to prevent early signs of aging, strengthen and pamper nails to perfection to create that impeccable nail salon-done look!'

Below is a closer look at each of the items included in my Memebox: 

PURE SKIN 'Hand Care Pack' 15g ($4): 
With grape extracts, witch hazel, grapefruit extracts, collagen, baobab tree extracts and olive leaf extracts, PURE SKIN's 'Hand Care Pack' works to deeply moisturize, nourish and firm skin, while removing excess impurities from the hands. Shaped like a pair of gloves, the PURE SKIN hand mask is unlike anything I've ever seen and, with the change in weather wreaking havoc on my skin, I am definitely looking forward to trying it out. 

SUR 3D Nail Art Kit with 3D Polish/Magnet-12ml and Nail Art Pen-7ml ($29): 
The SUR 3D Nail Art Kit, which is said to 'create gorgeous nail art in minutes', contains a metallic forest green magnetic nail polish (and magnet) and a bright blue nail art pen. Personally I wasn't overly thrilled with this particular product. While I do like the concept of a magnetic nail polish, the trend, for me, is a becoming little outdated as every nail company  on the market seems to have released their own version of this product. As for the nail art pen, the bright blue colour, while nice, is not a colour I would personally pair with the forest green polish. 

PURE PLUS Hydrogel Moisturizing Nail Patch 2.5g ($8): 
Enriched with collagen, milk, pearl powder, gold and paraffin, PURE PLUS's 'Hydro-gel Nail Patches' deeply moisturize and nourish dry, brittle nails within 20 minutes of application. Having had acrylic nails for over four years, my real nails are, for the lack of a better word, ruined, so I cannot wait to try these nail patches the next time I get my acrylics taken off. 

with shan Dr. 001 Care Set 15ml ($13): 
An emergency set for split, broken nails, 'Dr. 001' works to protect nails from further damage while strengthening nails' roots. The product, which is to be applied every two days for a week, can also be used as a strengthening base coat under any regular nail polish. Like the PURE PLUS Nail Patches above, this is another great product for those who have removed or plan to remove their acrylics and need to strengthen their natural nails. 

BARBINIE Shea Butter Hand Cream in 'White Lily' 50 ml ($18): 
Infused with shea butter and aloe vera extracts BARBINIE's Shea Butter Hand Creams 'delivers deep nourishment and moisture relief' to dry, cracked hands. While I find this cream to be incredibly hydrating (it has a thick, balm like texture) I personally find the floral smell to be too overpowering (I am not a fan of floral scents) and, therefore, will be giving this to my Mom or a friend. 

Shara Shara Soft Hand Gommage 50ml ($6):
Described as a 'gentle, moisturizing peeling gel' Shara Shara's 'Soft Hand Gommage' works to remove hardened calluses and skin impurities, leaving hands soft and silky. Used like an exfoliator, this clear gel is to be rubbed into the skin for a couple of minutes and then rinsed under warm water. Upon first use, I definitely saw tons of dead skin cells/impurities coming off my hands, and think this is such a cool and innovative product. 

with shan Baby Hand Treatment Oil Set 15ml ($9):
Infused with lemon juice and Vitamin E, with shah's 'Baby Hand Treatment Oil Set' (which comes with the oil and a specially designed file) helps to soften, nourish and remove dry calluses and cuticles on the nails. I will be completely honest in admitting that my cuticles are in pretty rough shape, so I am without a doubt excited to try this amazingly scented (it smells like lemonade) treatment oil.

While I am not usually a fan of these type of beauty boxes , I have to say I am really impressed by my first Memebox, and am definitely considering purchasing a few of the different speciality boxes. 

The #26: Hand & Nail Care Box, which is valued at $87 can be purchased on the Memebox website (here) for $23+ shipping ($6.99). To save $5 off your first memebox purchase (this code can be used on any of the boxes), you can use the following code: 5OMG9E until the end of this month (note: this is not an affiliate link). 

Have you tried any of the Memebox boxes? Do you want to? Which type of box (nail, hair, skin, body or cosmetics) would you most like to receive? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below.