Thursday, April 17, 2014

My Huge NYC Haul

Hey Everyone, 

Happy Thursday! As most of you know, I spent last week in New York City celebrating my birthday with my Dad. The trip was amazing and I had so much fun exploring the city, seeing 'The Book of Mormon' on Broadway (this is a must see show!) and hanging out on the TMZ Tour Bus (my Dad even won himself a TMZ T-shirt). Of course, a lot of our time was spent shopping, and I managed to pick up A LOT of makeup and accessories. Below is a haul video showing you everything I bought on my trip to NYC. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NOTD: Graffiti Nails

Hey Everyone, 

Happy Tuesday! This morning Mother Nature decided it was time to shake things up a bit, and after a couple of days of beautiful Spring weather, hit us with frigid temperatures and more snow (will Spring ever get here?!). 

To help cure my Winter blues, I decided it was a good day to play around with some of my new nail products and, after a little experimenting (note to self, nail wraps are not your friend), came up with a fun graffiti-like combination I absolutely love. 

To start my graffiti nail look, I used two coats of Dior's new Spring 2014 nail polish in 'Junon'. A gorgeous dusty blue-grey, this creamy polish applies beautifully and opaquely in two coats (you could probably get away with one, as this polish is very well pigmented). 

After letting the base coat dry for a couple of minutes, I applied two coats of Formula X's Nail Effects Top Coat in 'Turbulent', one of the items I picked up while in NYC. A clear base with various sized turquoise and black matte glitter, 'Turbulent' is one of the coolest nail polishes I have ever used, giving the nails a splattered paint, graffiti-like finish (I seriously want this top coat in every shade available). 

While not your typical Spring pastel look, I absolutely love this nail combination and will be rocking this look throughout the Easter weekend. I have, at this point, had nothing but good luck with the Formula X brand and, if you are a nail polish addict like me, highly recommend checking the line out. 

What do you think of my 'graffiti nail' look? Have you tried any of the polishes from the Formula X brand? Any shades you recommend I check out? What will you be wearing on your nails this Easter weekend? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

GOSH 'Forever Eyeshadow Sticks' (Review+Swatches)

Hey Everyone, 

This Spring, GOSH Cosmetics wants to make eyes sparkle and shine with their new  'Forever Eyeshadow Sticks'. With a bold, highly pigmented metallic finish, these super creamy pencils blend beautifully for a smooth, crease-free look (even my crepey lids don't crease). Once set, these water repellent pencils lock into place, and do not budge without the use of a good makeup remover. 

While I, personally, like to top any cream shadow with a similarly coloured powder shadow, the new GOSH Forever Eyeshadow Sticks definitely have enough pigmentation to be worn on their own, and look great applied both, all over the lid, as well as, along the upper and lower lash lines. 

Although I love the look of all eight shades packed on the lid, there are a couple of shades that, when blended out, lose pigmentation leaving behind an eyelid full of glitter (something I personally am not a fan of). With that said, the remaining six shades are absolutely stunning, giving the lids a beautiful high-shine finish. 

Below is a closer look at all eight of GOSH's new 'Forever Eyeshadow Sticks':
GOSH Forever Eyeshadow Stick in '01 Silver Rose': 
A silver-taupe with both purple and brown undertones, 'Silver Rose' is, without a doubt, my favourite shade from the new collection and looks great packed onto the lid, or blended out in the crease for some added definition. 

GOSH Forever Eyeshadow Stick in '02 Beige': 
A light, beige-toned gold with iridescent gold glitter, 'Beige' looks beautiful packed onto the lid, but, unfortunately, loses pigmentation when blended out, leaving behind a lot of fairly chunky glitter (not my favourite look). 

 GOSH Forever Eyeshadow Stick in '03 Light Copper': 
A stunning metallic copper with strong brown undertones and finely milled golden shimmer, 'Light Copper' makes for a great daytime smoky eyed look when blended out both on the lid and along the lower lash line. 
GOSH Forever Eyeshadow Stick in '04 Brown': 
A deep, cool-toned chocolate brown packed with iridescent silver and gold shimmer, 'Brown' works nicely as both an all over lid shade and an eyeliner, when used with an angled liner brush. 

 GOSH Forever Eyeshadow Stick in '05 Grey':
A deep smoky charcoal packed with large chunks of silver shimmer, 'Grey' contains a little too much shimmer for my personal taste, losing pigmentation and leaving behind a eyeful of glitter when blended out. 

GOSH Forever Eyeshadow Stick in '06 Plum': 
A deep, cool-toned purple with very strong silver undertones and finely milled iridescent silver and purple shimmer, 'Plum' makes for a beautiful, simple smoky eyed look. 
GOSH Forever Eyeshadow Stick in '07 Blue': 
A deep navy with grey undertones and finely milled iridescent blue shimmer, 'Blue' blends beautifully for a stunning and sophisticated soft smoky look. 
GOSH Forever Eyeshadow Stick in '08 Green': 
A deep forest green with iridescent olive shimmer, 'Green' works surprisingly well as a beautiful pop of colour on both the upper and lower lash lines (as you may know, I'm not usually a fan of green eyeshadows). 

Silver Rose, Beige, Light Copper, Brown

Grey, Plum, Blue, Green

The new GOSH Forever Eyeshadow Sticks retail for $14 CND/0.1oz  and can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart stores nationwide as of this month.

What do you think of GOSH's new 'Forever Eyeshadow Sticks'? Do you like the metallic finish or do you prefer something a little more matte? Which of the shades above would you most like to get your hands on? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below.