Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NEW: GOSH 'Giant Blush' (Review+Swatches)

Hey Everyone, 

After the recent launch of Clinique's new 'Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balms', drugstore brand, GOSH Cosmetics has followed suit with their own version of the twist up, non-sharperning chubby blush stick. With an incredibly silky texture, GOSH's new cream-to powder 'Giant Blushes' blend effortlessly onto cheeks, for a radiant, almost dewy-looking, long lasting finish (once set, these babies don't slip off, instead locking into place for a good 8+ hours). 

While extremely bright upon swatching (these blushes pack a lot of pigmentation), GOSH's new 'Giant Blushes' can be sheered out (you can use a synthetic haired brush or your fingers to blend) for a more natural-looking, subtle wash of colour. Of course for those, who like me, want a more dramatic look, these blushes are easily built up for a seriously intense pop of colour (check out the swatch of '06 Pink Parfait' below). 

Perfume and paraben-free, GOSH's new Giant Blushes come in three gorgeous colours including the following two: 

GOSH Giant Blush in '02 Shy': 
A soft nude-pink with brown undertones, 'Shy' works beautifully as both a blush and contour colour on fairer skin. Extremely creamy, 'Shy' is easily sheered out for a subtle, neutral cheek, perfect for Fall (I like to pair this with a brown smoky eye and vampy lips). 

GOSH Giant Blush in '06 Pink Parfait': 
A super bright pink with blue undertones, 'Pink Parfait' is definitely not for the faint of heart (don't worry, it can be sheered down for a slightly more subtle look). While this is a shade I, personally, would not reach for during the colder months (I tend to stick to more nude and berry shades), I have no doubt 'Pink Parfait' will get plenty of use during both Spring and Summer. 

Shy, Pink Parfait

As a complete and total blush addict (seriously, my collection keeps getting bigger and bigger), I am absolutely in love with GOSH's new 'Giant Blushes'. While I love the dewy, radiant effect most cream blushes give the cheeks, I often find them to be both, too messy and too sticky for regular everyday use. Luckily, that is not the case with GOSH's new blushes. Incredibly velvety, these blushes are not at all sticky and, being able to apply them directly to the cheek (I love the chubby stick trend) cuts down on any mess. Despite drying to a powder finish (I personally prefer a powder to cream finish), these blushes give cheeks an absolutely gorgeous glow. Love!

GOSH's new 'Giant Blushes' retail for $18 CND and can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart stores nationwide. 

What do you think of GOSH's new 'Giant Blushes'? Will you be giving them a try? Of the two colour above, which would you most like to get your hands on? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Clarins Fall 2014 'Ladylike Collection' (Review+Swatches)

Hey Everyone, 

This season, Clarins embraces the more subdued, neutral tones of Fall with their new 'Ladylike Collection'. With a variety of both new products and cult favourites to choose from (eyeshadows, lipsticks, blush, eyeliner, etc), the new collection is wearable yet elegant, working to embrace one's natural beauty while transitioning from Summer to Fall. 

"Make-up that brings elegance and makes all the difference. It's the trend to follow with your eyes closed! A chic allure that's natural, so Ladylike." 

Below is a closer look at some of the products from Clarins' new Ladylike Collection:

Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in '#13 Skin Tones' ($42 CND): 
With soft shades of nude, beige and brown, Clarins newest Eye Quartet Mineral Palette has a very soft, very feminine feel. Packed full of highly concentrated mineral pigments, the shadows in this palette (which can be used wet or dry) have a super silky texture that makes for easy blending. 

Unfortunately, I found this particular palette to be lacking in pigmentation (the darkest colour packs a lot of punch, the others, not as much). While I understand this collection embraces a softer, more neutral look, I do wish the shadows offered a better colour payoff. Below is a closer look at each of the shades in Clarins 'Skin Tones' palette: 

1) A soft shimmering light taupe with a slight iridescent sheen. 
2) A  soft creamy beige with a satin finish. 
3) A deep chocolate brown with yellow undertones and finely milled iridescent shimmer. 
4) A light brown with slight taupe undertones and finely milled iridescent shimmer. 

Clarins 3-Dot Liner in 'Brown' ($28 CND): 
This season Clarins introduces a new, limited-edition shade of their cult favourite 3-Dot Liner. With a three pronged tip that allows you to get right between the lashes (making dots instead of one steady line) Clarins 3-Dot Liner makes lining the upper lash line a lot easier (trust me, I have major lining issues). Packed with Clarins own 'Be Long Lash Complex', this 3-Dot liner works to encourage lash growth during each application. 

"The applicator's clever trident shape means the space between each lash can be filled in 'dot by dot' to naturally accentuate the eyes and add volume to the lashes."

Clarins Rouge Eclat Lipstick in '#19 Chesnut Brown' ($27 CND): 
Incredibly creamy, Clarins beautifully pigmented Rouge Eclat lipsticks keep lips nourished and smoothed with the help of the brand's own 'Nutri-Youth', jojoba oil, sunflower oil and plant waxes. An anti-aging lipstick, Clarins' Rouge Eclat lipsticks 'reinforce skin's protective barrier, protecting against dehydration, boosting collagen synthesis and helping to fight the appearance of fine lines. 

A light brown with slight red undertones and finely milled iridescent silver shimmer I, truthfully, did not expect to like Clarins' 'Chesnut Brown' (I'm not usually a fan of brown lipstick). With that said, I actually really like this particular shade (I was surprised) as it gives my lips a more subdued, yet still vampy look, perfect for Fall. 

Skin Tones

Chestnut Brown, Brown

What do you think of Clarins' new 'Ladylike Collection'? Do you prefer brighter or more subdued tones for Fall? Which of the products above would you most like to get your hands on? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below.