Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NEW: Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara Review

Hey Everyone, 

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I'm not one who easily gets excited about mascara. With short, stubby lashes, I have yet to find my holy grail mascara, and while there are some I quite like, there's nothing that really 'wows' me. Well, I am happy to say, all that has changed with the recent launch of Lancôme's new 'Grandiôse Macara'. With a unique swan neck, a perfectly shaped elastomer brush and a formula that beautifully separates, lengthens and volumizes lashes, Lancome's newest mascara will, without a doubt, change your views on mascara and more importantly, mascara application. 

"Grandiôse represents a genuine avant-garde re-interpretation of mascara, fulfilling every woman's expectations with a simplified application technique for multi-benefit results with nothing more than a flick of the wrist. With Grandiôse, Lancôme gives every woman-makeup novice or seasoned pro- the most irresistible of eyes whatever her age or ethnicity" 

Below is a closer look at Lancôme's new 'Grandiôse Mascara': 

The Bottle
With bold, voluptuous curves and Lancôme's signature rose design, Lancôme's new 'Grandiôse Mascara' bottle is not only stunning (this is hands down the most gorgeous mascara packaging I have ever seen), it was designed to allow the dual-curved brush to automatically mix the mascara every time the bottle is opened, allowing for a fresh,  clump-free formula during every application. 

 The Swan Neck
The first of its kind, Grandiôse's patent-pending, revolutionary 'swan-neck wand' adapts to the eye's natural curves allowing for easy access and application to all of the lashes from corner to corner and root to tip. Short and twisted, the new ergonomic wand effortlessly reached the second eye (as Lancôme says 'gone are the days of wrist gymnastics'), while avoiding the nose, cheekbones and eyebrow arch (a huge bonus for someone, who like me, always winds up with mascara smudges on their nose'). 
The Brush
With a short elastomer brush (I am a huge fan of mascaras with plastic brushes) designed to 'extend and lift even the shortest lashes', Lancôme's 'Grandiôse Mascara' helps separate lashes while adding incredible length (this mascara does amazing things for my short, stubby lashes) and volume. While I am not usually one to apply mascara to my lower lashes (I find it so messy and time consuming), I absolutely love how this brush makes lower lash application so easy (there is no smudging or clumping), and have started wearing it on a more regular basis. 

The Formula
With three transparent polymers to create a protective film without stiffening lashes, Grandiôse's ultra-black formula (the colour is intensely black) uses native rose cell extract to condition lashes making them supple, softer and more resistant. While I found the formula to be a little too wet the first time I used it, after a couple of days use, the mascara dried out a little (its not dry and flaky by any means), making it absolutely perfect for a smudge-free application. 

While I tend to be more of a drugstore mascara girl (I've never understood spending a lot of money on a mascara when there are so many lower priced options on the market), I have to say Lancôme's new 'Grandiôse Mascara' is my new mascara of choice (it does amazing things to both my upper and lower lashes), making it a product I would very highly recommend checking out. 

Lancome's new Grandiôse Mascara retails for $35 CND and can be found at Lancôme counters and the Lancôme website as of August 15th, 2014. 

What do you think of Lancôme's new Grandiôse Mascara? Are you a fan of the swan-neck wand? Is this a product you plan to pick up? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Emmys Red Carpet: My Best Dressed Picks

Hey Everyone, 

As you probably already know, last night marked the 66th annual Emmy Awards and the chance for some of TV's hottest stars to show off their bold fashion choices on the Red Carpet. Below are my top 10 best dressed picks from last night's Emmy Awards: 

Sarah Hyland in Christian Siriano 

 Kate Walsh in Stephane Rolland Haute Couture 

Taylor Schilling in Zuhair Murad

Natalie Dormer in J. Mendel 

 Hayden Penettiere in Octavio Carolin 

Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan Atelier 

Sophia Vergara in Roberto Cavalli

Halle Berry in J. Mendel

Kaley Cuoco in Monique Lhuillier

Sarah Silverman in Marni

Did you watch last night's Emmy Awards? Who were your picks for best dressed? Anyone you think I should add or remove from my list? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

My ILLAMASQUA Blush Haul ('The Bay' Sale)

Hey Everyone, 

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I am an absolute blush fiend and, as ridiculous as it may sound, blush truly is the way to my heart (okay flowers and chocolate don't hurt either). So, when I saw on MaggiesMakeup's instagram that The Bay Canada had a number of ILLAMASQUA products on sale on their website, I immediately ran to my computer (trust me, it was a full on sprint, not just a light jog) to see if any of the blushes I have long been coveting were on sale. 

Well, I am more than happy to say that the 'Makeup Gods' were shining down on me that day as I managed to score not one, not two, but three of ILLAMASQUA's regularly priced cheek products for 25% off the original price (making them a total of $19.50 CND/each). 

Below is a closer look at each of the absolutely gorgeous ILLAMASQUA products I picked up: 

ILLAMASQUA Gleam Highlighter in 'Aurora': 
To Gleam or not to Gleam, that is the question. The answer? Heck yes! A gorgeous iridescent champagne with extremely finely milled gold shimmer, ILLAMASQUA's  Gleam Highlighter in 'Aurora' gives cheeks the most stunning lit-from-within glow. Incredibly soft and creamy (seriously, this feels like butter on the skin), 'Aurora' blends effortlessly into the skin, leaving behind a slightly dewy (not at all oily) finish.  

ILLAMASQUA Powder Blush in 'Naked Rose': 
A soft nude-pink with brown undertones, ILLAMASQUA's 'Naked Rose' is the quintessential neutral blush for any skin tone. Extremely well pigmented, this incredibly soft and creamy blush blends effortlessly onto the cheeks leaving behind absolutely no fallout or powdery build-up (the ILLAMASQUA blush formula is out of this world amazing!). 

ILLAMASQUA Powder Blush in 'Chased': 
A bright rose-pink with both blue and red undertones, ILLAMASQUA's 'Chased' is definitely not for the faint of heart (if you prefer a more subtle blush, I'd stick with 'Naked Rose'). Extremely well pigmented (a very little goes a long, long way), this soft and creamy blush blends beautifully into skin, giving cheeks a healthy looking 'I've just run to my computer to look at the ILLAMASQUA sale' flush. 

Aurora, Naked Rose, Chased

As of this afternoon, The Bay website still had a ton of ILLASMASQUA products on sale, and I would be lying if I said I wasn't eyeing a few of their eyeshadow quads and lip glosses (must show restraint...). If you've been waiting to get your hands on some of the UK brand's most popular products, I highly suggest you check out the sale here

What do you think of my ILLAMASQUA picks? Which of the above blushes/highlighter is your favourite? What is your most coveted ILLAMASQUA product? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below.