Tuesday, September 09, 2014

My Current Favourite Beauty Products

Hey Everyone, 

Happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a great weekend. My weekend was actually very nice as I got to spend time with my boyfriend, who is currently working in another city, as well as both of our families. When it comes to makeup, the past month has been an absolute gold mine as I have found a number of new products that have quickly made it onto my holy grail list. From a new foundation (amazing!) and mascara, to a variety of metallic eyeshadows and beautifully pigmented blushes, here are my current favourite beauty products: 
Perricone MD 'No Foundation Foundation Serum':
After receiving an email from Sephora with a code ('PMDSerum') for a free deluxe sized sample of Perricone MD's 'No Foundation Foundation Serum' with any $35 purchase, I decided to give it a try. Having heard nothing but rave reviews about this antiaging product, which uses neuropeptides to minimize the appearance of fine lines and pores, I was really excited to give it a try. While the 'No Foundation Foundation Serum' only comes in one shade (in the bottle it looks at least a couple of shades too dark for my skin tone), it somehow magically transforms to perfectly match my complexion. Extremely lightweight (it has a very liquidy consistency), this medium to light coverage foundation is best applied with your fingers and blends beautifully creating a 'second skin effect' (it does not cling to dry patches or imperfections). While the Perricone MD 'No Foundation Foundation Serum' retails for a whopping $68 CND, I will be purchasing a full sized bottle as it is, without a doubt, one of the best foundations I have ever tried. 

ILLAMASQUA Cream Blusher in 'Lies': 
If you read my haul post last month, you know I recently took advantage of a 25% off sale The Bay was having on all of their ILLAMASQUA products. Well, after writing that post, I went back to The Bay website and picked up a few more products, including ILLAMASQUA's Cream Blusher in 'Lies'. A gorgeous, creamy iridescent pink, 'Lies' gives cheekbones (I prefer to use this as a highlighter as opposed to a blush) the most beautiful natural looking, dewy glow (I have yet to use another highlighter since purchasing this). While this product feels quite slippery in the pan, once applied it sets and stays in place all day. 

ILLAMASQUA Blusher in 'Naked Rose': 
A soft-nude pink with brown undertones, ILLAMASQUA's 'Naked Rose' has, without a doubt, become my new favourite neutral blush (Tarte's 'Exposed' comes in a very close second). Incredibly well pigmented and ridiculously soft and creamy, this blush blends beautifully, leaving behind no powdery dust or fallout. Being a neutral, 'Naked Rose' works perfectly with a variety of makeup looks and is one of the blushes I will be picking up and using any time of the year. 

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush: 
While I picked up Real Technique's Expert Face Brush a couple of months ago, it wasn't until I started using ILLAMASQUA's cream blushers that I realized what a great brush it was. With synthetic bristles, and a firm, tapered head, this brush is perfect for applying both cream and powder products along the top of the cheekbones (it would also work very nicely for contouring). 
Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eye Shadow in 'Playa Del Pink': 
'An innovative, bi-phase, liquid eyeshadow formulated with coconut water', Josie Maran's 'Coconut Watercolour Eyeshadows' work to keep lids hydrated, and minimize the appearance of fine lines. Extremely well pigmented, the 'Coconut Watercolour' shadows give lids a beautiful metallic effect, perfect for Fall's new metallic eye trend. A gorgeous shimmering light champagne-pink, 'Playa Del Pink' looks beautiful worn alone or under a similarly coloured eyeshadow (I personally use it both ways), and once set, lasts all day without any creasing.  
MAC Eyeshadows in 'French Cuff' and 'Mythology' and Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in 'Burlesque' 
In keeping with Fall's metallic eye trend, I decided to dig into one of my Z-palettes and see what autumn inspired colours I could find. MAC's 'French Cuff', a shimmering, metallic rose gold, MAC's 'Mythology' a shimmering, metallic copper with pink undertones and Makeup Geek's 'Burlesque', a slightly metallic burgundy with iridescent pink shimmer, were my shadows of choice, and I have been using them almost every day since. All extremely well pigmented, these shadows work in combination ('French Cuff' on the inner half of the lid, 'Mythology' on the outer half of the lid, and 'Burlesque' in the crease) to create an absolutely stunning eye look perfect for the transition from summer to fall. 

NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in 'Callisto': 
Having seen several swatches of NARS' new Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in 'Callisto', a light purple with strong silver undertones, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Well, let me tell you, it is even more beautiful in person. Used wet or dry (I usually use it dry), this intensely pigmented shadow gives lids an absolutely stunning metallic finish (can you tell I'm into metallic eyes?), and works beautifully on its own or used in combination with some of the other metallic eyeshadows I have been loving. I am very much smitten with NARS's new shadows and definitely have my eyes on a couple more shades ('Desdemona' and 'Europa' here I come!).  
MAC Pigment in 'Tan': 
While I am not usually a fan of pigments or loose eyeshadows (they make such a mess, especially around a clumsy girl like me), I have absolutely been loving MAC's 'Tan' pigment, a warm, light bronze with rose gold undertones and iridescent shimmer. Insanely well pigmented (all of MAC's pigments are), 'Tan' looks beautiful worn all over the lid (I like to use it wet for a more foiled appearance) with just a bit of mascara, making for a simple, yet stunning eye.

Lancôme 'Gradiose Mascara':
If you read my review of Lancôme's new 'Gradiose Mascara' you already know how much I have been loving it. With a uniquely shaped swan-neck wand, a plastic brush and a formula that perfectly separates, lengthens and volumizes lashes, Lancôme's 'Gradiose Mascara' has done wonders for my short stubby lashes. I have been wearing this mascara on both my upper and lower lashes every day since receiving it, and would highly recommend checking it out. 

Lies, Naked Rose

Playa Del Pink, Callisto, Tan

French Cuff, Mythology, Burlesque

Have you tried any of my current favourites? Do you want to? What products are you currently loving? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

Thursday, September 04, 2014

I Love... Shower Gel and Body Butter (FarleyCo Beauty).

Hey Everyone, 

Have you ever had a product that smells so divine, you can't help but want to taste it? Well, that is exactly how I feel about I Love...'s line of deliciously scented bath and body products. With four fruit inspired scents (Raspberry & Blackberry, Coconut & Cream, Mango & Papaya and Strawberries & Cream), the I Love... line boasts a variety of products including body butters, shower gels, body exfoliators and fruity spritzers. Below is a closer look at two products from the I Love... line: 

I Love ... 'Raspberry & Black Berry Bubble Bath and Shower Gel' ($9.99 CND):
A delicious blend of sweet raspberry and tart blackberry, I Love...'s 'Raspberry & Black Berry Bubble Bath and  Shower Gel' smells good enough to eat (I'll admit, I've seriously considered taking a swig from the bottle....no seriously...). Soap and Paraben Free, I Love...'s shower gels contain a unique softening vitamin complex that leaves skin feeling smooth and supple after every use.  

I Love... 'Strawberries & Cream Nourishing Body Butter' ($9.99 CND):
With a burst of fresh strawberries and rich yummy cream, I Love...'s 'Strawberries & Cream Nourishing Body Butter' smells absolutely amazing! Infused with both Shea Butter and Coconut Oil, I Love...'s body butters intensely hydrate skin leaving it soft and glowing. 

I Love...'s delectable line of products are available for purchase exclusively at Shoppers Drugmart and Pharmaphix stores nationwide. For a closer look at all of I Love...'s products be sure to check out the FarleyCo Beauty website

Have you tried anything from the I Love... line? Which of the four I Love... scents would you most like to get your hands on? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

Wednesday, September 03, 2014