Friday, May 17, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
After three weeks of being stuck in bed with a fibromyalgia flare-up, I was more than a little excited to go get my nails done today. One, because my nails were looking ridiculously ragged and two, because I couldn't wait to try two new colour changing nail polishes I recently purchased from a new brand called 'Ruby Wing'.
Unlike traditional colour changing polishes, that react to the body's temperature, 'Ruby Wing''s line of polishes react to direct UV light/sunlight and change colours almost immediately after stepping outside (I was impressed with how quickly they change colour). Below is more information/swatches of the two colours I picked up.
Ruby Wing Colour Changing Polish in 'Gypsy':
A light, bright turquoise blue creme, which changes to a bright, almost neon light green. This polish is somewhat streaky to apply but covers opaquely in 2-3 coats (depending on how thick you make each coat).
Ruby Wing Colour Changing Polish in 'Sand Dune':
A peachy-coral creme, which changes to a bright coral-red with a jelly-like finish. This polish is somewhat streaky to apply but covers opaquely in 2-3 coats (depending on how thick you make each coat.
Ruby Wing Colour Changing Polish in 'Gypsy' and 'Sand Dune' (indoors/shade)
Ruby Wing Colour Changing Polish in 'Gypsy' and 'Sand Dune' (outdoors/sun)
Have you tried any of Ruby Wing's colour changing nail polishes? Do you want to? What is your all time favourite Summer nail polish shade? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Over the past couple of months I have undoubtedly fallen head over heels in love with Dior's line of cosmetics. While on the pricier side (I never thought I would be willing to spend $30+ on a lipgloss), the quality and pigmentation of their products is, for the most part, 'out of this world'.
For Summer 2013, Dior recently released their 'Bird of Paradise' collection featuring several eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, lip pens, blushes, brushes and more.
"Skin turns to gold and glimmers in the sunlight, more radiant than ever. From azure blue to indigo, and peacock green to hibiscus pink, eyes and nails display the exotic shades of lush nature. Alluring and radiantly fresh, lips are tinted pink, coral and peach. These tropical harmonies beat in time to 'skin feathers' textures, revealing all the beauty of a contemporary bird of paradise".
I was recently sent four items from the new Dior 'Bird of Paradise' collection. Below is my review:
Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 'Peacock' ($60 CND):
Inspired by the 'shimmering glint of peacock feathers', Dior's latest eyeshadow palette contains the following five shadows:
1) A bright spring green with heavy yellow undertones and a slight iridescent sheen, the first shadow in this palette is nicely pigmented, extremely smooth and easy to work with.
2) A yellow toned-beige laced with heavy gold glitter, the second shadow in this palette is a disappointment as it lacks pigmentation and is difficult to apply smoothly.
3) A very soft icy blue with an iridescent sheen, the third shadow in this palette is nicely pigmented and looks great when used as a highlighter in the inner corner of the eye.
4) A deep peacock blue-green with a slight iridescent sheen, the fourth shadow in this palette is very well pigmented, applies smoothly and looks absolutely stunning in the crease/outer-v for a smoky eyed look.
5) A very light green with heavy yellow undertones, the fifth eyeshadow in this palette is unfortunately not very well pigmented and creates a lot of fallout.
Overall, I would say this palette is just so-so. While most of the colours have fairly good pigmentation, for $60 CND, I would hope all of the shadows would be easy to work with and very well pigmented. Combined with the fact that I don't think green eyeshadows look good on me, this palette is, in my opinion, a 'pass'.
Dior Jelly Lip Pen in 'Gaia' ($26 CND):
A new addition to the Dior line, the 'Bird of Paradise' collection introduces the 'Jelly Lip Pen' a twist up jumbo-pencil lipgloss/tinted lip balm that gives lips a glossy, finish while providing long lasting colour and hydration.
'Gaia', one of three new 'Jelly Lip Pens', is a bright rosy pink with slight coral undertones and a high gloss finish. This 'Jelly Lip Pen' is extremely moisturizing (you don't need a balm underneath it), very nicely pigmented and stains the lips for long lasting colour. I am absolutely in love with this new 'Jelly Lip Pen' and definitely want to check out the other two 'Bird of Paradise' collection colours .
Dior Addict Lipstick in 'Passionée' ($31 CND):
As part of the 'Bird of Paradise' Collection, Dior has released two new shades of their famous Dior Addict Lipstick including 'Passionée', a bright, hot pink with red undertones and a high shine finish, perfect for Summer.
Like all of Dior's Addict Lipsticks, 'Passionée' is extremely well pigmented (this is a fully opaque lipstick), super creamy and feels amazingly moisturizing on the lips (this feels like a tinted balm). Overall, I am absolutely in love with both the quality and colour of this lipstick and definitely think this is worth the price.
Dior Lip Maximizer in 'Apricot' ($37 CND):
As part of their new Summer 2013 'Bird of Paradise' collection, Dior has brought back their infamous Dior Addict Lip Maximizer in 'Apricot'. A nude light peach, the lip maximizer claims to plump up your lips in just two weeks.
While I can't speak to the two week claim (I haven't worn it consistently for two weeks), I do love the minty tingle it gives my lips and have noticed that the Lip Maximizer's high shine finish gives my lips a fuller appearance whether worn alone or on top of a lipstick.
Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 'Peacock'
(L-R): Dior Passionée, Dior Gaia and Dior Apricot
Have you had a chance to check out of any of the products from Dior's new 'Bird of Paradise' collection? Are there any items from the new collection you are dying to try out? Which of the items above would you most like to get your hands on? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below.
**The products mentioned in this post were sent to me for review consideration. As always all opinions are 100% honest and my own**