Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Exclusive Preview: Nine New Products From L'Oreal


Hey Everyone, 

Last week, my friend Kerri and I drove into Toronto for an event held by L'Oreal Canada, in which they let us preview some of the new items they will be adding to their permanent collection. After a small presentation explaining the technology being used in the making of their products, we had a chance to get our hands dirty, and swatch/play with all of the new nine new lip, face and eye products. L'Oreal will be adding these items to their already extensive line in late June or early July 2012. While I have yet to try all of them (we were sent home with a goody bag), I have tried (or have had friends try) many of these new items. Below is an introduction to the new members of the L'Oreal line, as well as my initial thoughts on some of the products. 




L'Oreal Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator

Shades: light and medium
Price: $23.99 CND

Come the end of June (or beginning of July), L'Oreal will be launching, not one, but two new BB Creams. The first BB cream, which 'evens, perfects, protects, moisturizes and illuminates' the skin, is made with L'Oreal patented Micro Pearls which give the skin a natural looking, radiant glow. With an SPF of 15 and Vitamin B3, the Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator also works to diminish the appearance of dark spots. 

My Thoughts:
While this BB cream wasn't included in our gift bags, I did get a chance to play around with it at the event, and have to say that it is amazing!  The Youth Code BB cream has a surprisingly full coverage finish (something I need with my acne scars ) and the Micro Pearls in the BB Cream really do give the skin a gorgeous dewy glow. I will for sure be purchasing this when it makes its way to the drugstore. 



L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream

Shades: Fair, Light, Medium, Dark
Price: $16.99

The second BB Cream being introduced to the L'Oreal line is the Magic Skin Beautifier . According to L'Oreal, this BB cream 'primes, perfects, hydrates, and corrects all-in-one step'. While this BB cream comes out of the tube white,  it contains L'oreal's  'Beautifying Beads' (small tiny brown beads) which self adjust to create the perfect colour for your individual skin tone.  Packed with Vitamin E, this BB cream also helps keep the skin hydrated for up to 24 hours. 

My Thoughts:
This BB cream was included in our gift bags, but because it was a little too dark for my skin tone, I gave it to my friend Lisa and asked for her feedback. Here is what she said 

"I really love it, it is super moisturizing, light and has a nice coverage. I usually hate foundation, because I hate the feeling of something on my skin, so I love this, especially for summer."

I also had the chance to play around with this BB cream at the L'Oreal event, and while it doesn't have as full of a coverage as the other BB Cream, it is nice and light and gives the skin a nice subtle glow. I love that it comes out white, but then adjusts to your individual skintone. The medium shade (the one I gave Lisa) was too dark for me, but both the fair and light shades, were able to adjust to the skin tone on the back of my hand. 



True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Foundation:

Shades: 14 shades from Porcelain to Cocoa
Price: $18.99 CND

L'Oreal's newest liquid foundation makes a big claim, guaranteeing a 'luminous, shine-free and visibly healthier skin in just four weeks'.  Containing 40% pure water, this foundation ensures that the skin remains hydrated and fresh throughout the day. With an SPF of 20, and 'technology that optimizes light reflection and intensifies luminosity', this foundation helps reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.

My Thoughts: 
To be honest, I am still waiting to test this foundation out on a friend, as it is slightly too dark for me. I  have, however, had a chance to play around with it on the back of my hand, and agree that it gives the skin a very luminous finish. 



L'Oreal Visble Lift Repair Absolute Compact Foundation

Shades: 12 shades from Soft Ivory to Classic Tan
Price: $18.99 CND

L'Oreal's newest compact foundation is said to reverse the signs of aging 'by providing full coverage to reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark spots'. This foundation, which contains Retinol A, helps brighten and even out skintone for a more youthful, radiant appearance. 

My Thoughts:
Unfortunately, I didn't get much of a chance to play around with this new foundation at the L'Oreal event (there were so many amazing things to look at). I am hoping to give it to a friend to test out, so I will be sure to update you on their thoughts. 




L'Oreal Colour Richie Caresse Lipcolour

Shades: 12 shades
Price: $12.99 CND

L'Oreal's newest lip product falls somewhere between a lipstick, a lipgloss and a lip balm. The new Lipcolours, which contain 50% less heavy wax than traditional lipsticks, help moisturize the lips while giving them a 'sultry translucent colour, weightless feel and ultra modern shine'. 

My Thoughts: 
I love the new Caresse Lipcolours as they remind me a lot of YSL Volupte Sheer Candy Lipsticks (at a much less expensive price).  The Caresse Lipcolours come in a variety of great shades, feel absolutely weightless on the lips (it feels like  you have nothing on) , are very moisturizing and have a great colour pay off.  I think these are definitely worth trying out, and I imagine they will be flying off the shelves come July.  I received several of these in my gift bag, and will be including some of the shades in an upcoming giveaway. 






Voluminous Power 24H Mascara

Shades: 6 shades including waterproof and regular
Price: $11.99 CND

L'Oreal will be introducing two new mascaras to their permanent line this summer, including this collagen-enriched mascara which helps plump lashes  creating  a volumized effect (15x lash impact) that lasts 24 hours. 

My Thoughts:
Although the claim of 24 hours sounds like a gimmick to me (I don't like when companies put a time claim on their products), I do have to say that I really like this mascara. This mascara definitely makes my lashes appear thicker and when used in combination with L'Oreal's newest lash lengthening mascara, I absolutely love the effect. If you want volume, definitely check out this mascara. If you want length, this may not be the mascara for you. 



L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Black Laquer Mascara

Shades: Black Laquer
Price: $11.99

Being introduced to the Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara is a new shade, 'Black Laquer', which 'provides vinyl-sheen, creating lashes that are ultra black, ultra-glossy and ultra-outrageous'. 

My Thoughts:
I absolutely love this mascara. It, without a doubt, lengthens my lashes giving them a somewhat false lash look (they were short to begin with). I have been using this mascara for the past week, and have to say that I am liking it better than my more expensive 'They're Real' mascara from Benefit Cosmetics. Combined with L'Oreal's new Voluminous Power Mascara, my lashes look unreal and pretty amazing. 




Infallible Lacquer Liner 24H Eyeliner

Shades: Blackest Black and Slate
Price: $12.99CND

Gel liner lovers will be rejoicing when L'Oreal brings out their first ever gel early this summer. This liner,  combined with the infalliable longer wear technology last for 24 hours, giving 'a unique black-laquer effect that's incredibly dimensional- never flat or ashy'. The new gel liner also comes with a small precision brush for perfect application. 

My Thoughts:
To be honest, I have yet to try this products. However, my friend Kerri, who attended the L'Oreal event with me, has been using it ever since and says that it goes on smoothly and lasts throughout the day (even after having two naps). I personally prefer a much more angled brush. However, a lot of the ladies who attended the event (including Kerri) loved the look of this brush, and Eddie Malter, L'Oreal head makeup artist, said it was his all time favourite eyeliner brush. 



La Colour Infalliable Eyeshadow- New Dual-Pigment Shades

Shades: Metallic Lilac, Magnetic Coral, Innocent Turquoise, Sassy Chamallow, Tender Caramel and Pepsy Coral
Price: $10.99 CND

L'Oreal is introducing six brand new shades to their popular Infalliable Eyeshadow line. Using 'duo chrome technology', the new shades have a combination of two different but complementary pigments, which, when applied, give the eyes a multi-dimensional appearance. Like all of the Infalliable shadows, the new shades feature a technology that resists creasing and rubbing, and lasts for 24 hours. 

My Thoughts:
I am a huge L'Oreal Infalliable Eyeshadow fan, as I find they are amazingly pigmented, last a very long time and do not smudge. The new colours are beyond amazing (so pretty) and I love the multi-dimensional effect created by having two complementary pigments in each shadow. I can't wait for these to come out, as I will definitely be getting my hands on Sassy Chamallow, Metallic Lilac and Innocent Turquoise. 


Are you excited to try any of the new L'Oreal products? Which ones would you most like to get your hands on? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

xx
Alicia


Monday, May 28, 2012

Monday Q&A #30


Hey Everyone, 

One of my favourite bloggers, Karen of Makeup and Beauty Blog, does a weekly poll on her blog encouraging readers to take part. Every Monday, I will be posting my answers to her questions on my blog, and hope that you will join me by making your own post, or leaving your answers to the following questions in the comment section below.




1. Mood: Ridiculously overheated! Okay, okay, I know that is not technically a 'mood', but it is so freakin' hot outside today. I can't even deal with it. I spent a large majority of my day sitting outside filming a video, and almost melted. Luckily, the video doesn't show my face which was seriously dripping with sweat. Yuck!!


2. If you had to choose between an oversized, multi-colored knitted poncho (with fringe!) or a faux fur purple vest to wear for a day, which one would you go with and why?: I think I would have to go with the faux fur vest. With a pair of dark jeans and a simple black shirt, I think I could totally rock the purple vest. Either way, it sounds much better than the poncho!


3. How quickly can you get dressed, ready and out the door?: Including hair and makeup? With a shower, doing my hair (not necessarily blow drying it), and quick makeup I could probably be ready in 20-25 minutes. 
4. How many hours of sleep do you get each night?: It really depends on the night. These days my body doesn't seem to want to get more than 7 hours of sleep (and that's on a good day). If I fall asleep around midnight, I am wide awake by 6:30-7:00am.

5. Does your significant other do anything that drives you crazy?: I don't have a significant other, so no, he does nothing that drives me crazy.

6. Have you ever battled someone on the dance floor?: Not that I can remember. I was a really good dancer in highschool/college (I haven't danced in forever, so I don't know how I am now), but I don't remember any battles.

7. What’s the last book you finished?: I just finished the Hunger Games trilogy. I didn't think I would like them at first, but once I got into them, I couldn't put them down. Currently, I am reading the newest Sophie Kinsella book called 'I've got your number'. It's really good (I love all of her books) and should be finished reading it in a day or so. After that, there are a couple of memoirs I really want to read. ***Okay, totally unrelated side note. Has anyone been watching the new season of Keeping Up With the Khardashians? Kris (the mom), keeps talking about her new memoir, but she called it a 'memoi' (leaving the r off). It has been driving me absolutely up the wall!! The 'r' is not silent Kris! Even her kids keep telling her she's not saying it properly.

8. What’s the plan for today?: There's not much day left. Tonight I need to do some laundry (boring), edit a video (not so boring) and, of course, watch some trashy reality TV (not at all boring).

9. What was your favorite TV show when you were a kid?: I think it was probably 'Beverly Hills 90210'. I know that's not really a kid's show, but I remember my dad letting me stay up late for the two hour season premiers and finales when I was in grade two. Hmmm...this might explain my obsession with trashy TV...

10. Weekly goals: GET READY FOR NASHVILLE!!!!!!!!!! Only six days until we leave for CMA Fest, and I need to start packing. I have all of my makeup packed (a video of what I am bringing should be up in the next couple of days), but need to get started on my clothing, jewelry, etc.

If you decide to answer the questions, leave your responses or the link to your responses in the comment section below. 

Hope you all have a great week. 

xx
Alicia

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Beauty Quote of the Week #69




It is foolish to wish for beauty. Sensible people never either desire it for themselves or care about it in others. If the mind be but well cultivated, and the heart well disposed, no one ever cares for the exterior.

-Anne Bronte


Friday, May 25, 2012

Outfit of the Day: L'Oreal Event




Hey Everyone, 

Earlier this week I took a trip to Toronto to attend a small party held by L'Oreal Canada, showcasing some of the new products they will be adding to their permanent line of cosmetics at the end of June. I had a really great time at the intimate event and loved being able to hang out with some of my fellow Canadian beauty bloggers. While I will have a full post about all of the new L'Oreal products up soon, I thought that I would do a quick 'Outfit of the Day' showing what I wore to the event. 


Top: Addition Elle
Capris: Addition Elle 


Necklace: Forever 21


Earrings: Aldo


Watch:  Michael Two-Tone Crystal Watch


Purse: Aldo 


Shoes: Fancy Steps by  The Shoe Company


Nails: OPI 'Gargantuan Green Grape' and Studio M 'Volcanic'


Lipstick: MAC Impassioned
Hair:  Goody Wave Creator Curling Iron

xx
Alicia

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I Love Neon: These Are a Few of My Favourite Neon Things



Hey Everyone, 

As you may have noticed, from several of my recent posts, I am currently having a love affair with neon. Neon lipsticks, neon nail polish, neon accessories: If it's neon, I want to own it...NOW! In the hopes of getting you to also fall in love with summer's latest and hottest trend, I thought I would share some of my current favourite neon products including nail polish, lipstick, blush, eyeshadow and accessories.

 Ya'll ready for this? 
(Kudos to you if you sang that line all 1996 Space Jam Style) 


1) Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Polish in 'Radiate':
Just one coat of this super bright red-coral polish gives the nails an elegant, and more reserve pop of neon colour (perfect for the work place)


2) Essie Nail Polish in 'Bright Tights': 
This crazy bright neon orange polish is perfect for those ladies who aren't afraid of standing out in a crowd. This polish is a little sheer, requiring three coats for maximum coverage.


3) Essie Nail Polish in 'Pink Parka': 
Essie's Pink Parka is the perfect shade of hot neon pink, giving the nails a super 'girly look' in just two coats. 

4) China Glaze Nail Polish in 'Celtic Sun':
This crazy bright, neon yellow polish looks amazing with a nice summer tan. Unfortunately, this polish is very thin and requires a good 3-4 coats for a semi-opaque finish.


5) China Glaze Nail Polish in 'Turned Up Turquoise': 
This gorgeous, deep turquoise polish with iridescent light turquoise shimmer applies in just one coat, giving the nails a super chic look. 



1) Joe Fresh Cream Blush in 'Melon': 
This stunning, neon-coral, cream blush can be blended lightly into the cheeks for a slightly colourful look, or built up for a more daring look. 

2) NARS Powder Blush in 'Desire':
This crazy bright pink blush from NARS, is one of my all time favourites. Although this blush looks somewhat frightening in the pan, with the right brush, and a light hand, it looks great on almost all skin tones.  

3) MAC Cremeblend Blush in 'Florida':
This deep fuchsia-pink, cream blush is very smooth and creamy, making it easy to blend into the cheeks for a bold pop of colour.  

4) MAC Powder Blush in 'Full Fushcia':
This bright, super creamy, fuschia blush, with blue iridescent shimmer, looks amazing on darker skin tones. While lighter skin tones can pull it off, be careful how much product you put on your blush (clown cheeks are not so in). 

5) MAC Powder Blush in 'Bite of An Apple':
This limited edition MAC blush gives the cheeks a nice hint of coral-red colour, and looks great on both light and dark skin tones. Unfortunately this blush isn't very pigmented, requiring you to use a heavy hand.  


1) MAC Lipstick in 'Morange': This electric orange lipstick is certainly not for the faint of heart, but if you are brave enough to wear it, it looks amazing when paired with a fresh face and winged eyeliner. 

2) YSL Volupte Sheer Candy in 'Succulent Pomegranate': I am absolutely in love with YSL's Volupte Sheer Candy Lip Balms, and Succulent Pomegranate, a sheer neon pink colour, is no exception. This colour is perfect for those who desire a pop of neon colour but require a more reserved look. 

3) Elizabeth Arden Lipstick in 'Neoclassic Coral':
 This super pigmented coral-red lipstick is one of my all time favourite shades for summer. I, personally, like to wear this lipstick with a smoky brown eye and nude cheek. Beautiful!

4) MAC Lipstick in 'Candy Yum Yum':
This limited edition HOT PINK lipstick is definitely the brightest lip product in my collection. Unfortunately, due to its somewhat drying texture, I don't wear this colour very often (hey, it's still pretty to look at!)

5) MAC Lipstick in 'Fusion Pink': 
This extremely pigmented, magenta lipstick with iridescent pink shimmer has been in my collection for quite a while. Surprisingly, it wasn't until this pas year that I discovered how much I love it. This lipstick has a gorgeous sheen and, surprisingly, leaves the lips feeling nice and moisturized. 



1) MAC Pigment Colour Powder in 'Magenta Madness': 
Imagine the hottest pink you have ever seen, then multiply it's 'neon-ness' (yes, it's my blog, I can make up words) by ten. You now have MAC's pigment colour powder in Magenta Madness, a crazy hot pink pigment that can be used on the eyes, lips, cheeks, and nails.


2) Sleek Makeup 'Acid' Eyeshadow Palette: 
I love all of Sleek's eyeshadow palettes. Not only are they  inexpensive, all of their shadows are very pigmented and easy to blend. One of my all time favourite shadow palettes from Sleek is their 'Acid' palette which includes four, crazy bright neon shades (green, pink, orange and yellow). If you want to add some neon to your makeup collection, but don't want to spend too much money, this palette is for you!

3) Barry M Dazzle Dust in 'Yellow':
I know, I know, technically this bright yellow dazzle dust from Barry M is not neon, but it's bright, it's fun and gosh darn-it, people like it! Packed full of silver glitter, I like to wear this yellow shadow on the inner corner of my eyes for a subtle pop of colourful shimmery prettiness.  

4) Sugarpill Eyeshadow in 'After Party':
Although I am not much of a blue eyeshadow girl (blue shadows usually makes my eyes look super red), I can't help but love this creamy, super blend-able, bright blue shadow. This is my first eyeshadow from Sugar Pill Cosmetics, and, if they are all as pigmented as this one, I will definitely be buying some more in the near future. 

5) Inglot Colourful Palette: 
As I have mentioned in several posts, I am absolutely smitten with Inglot's eyeshadows. Not only are they fairly inexpensive, they are so pigmented and creamy, making them, in my opinion, a better choice than MAC's more expensive shadow line. With a bright blue, a bright yellow and several coral shades, my colourful Inglot palette helps create beautiful neon eye looks. 




1) Rebecca Minkoff Electric Pink Mini Mac Clutch:
I bought this super cute, electric pink purse on my recent trip to NYC. This is the perfect summer purse as it is large enough to carry my essentials (lip balm, sunscreen, cell phone) and adds a nice pop of colour to any outfit. I am absolutely in love with the Rebecca Minkoff collection of purses, and have already purchased another one for fall (pictures coming soon). 

2) Forever 21 Lime Green and Wicker Purse: 
I bought this small cross body purse from Forever 21 a couple of months ago and have been using it regularly ever since. I love that this purse has a mix of neutral (the wicker) and bright (the lime green detailing), and think it's the perfect alternative to some of the more expensive neon purses currently on the market (hello Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu and Michael Kors). 

3) Lula Turquoise Wallet: 
At only $10 CND (I'm sorry I can't remember where I bought it), this wallet is the perfect summer accessory, especially since I often choose to leave my purse at home, and only carry my wallet around while shopping. 



1) Ardene Rose Stud Earrings: 
These super cute rose earrings are a great way to incorporate neon into your look, while maintaining a more professional appearance. I personally like to pair these earrings with a simple black dress, or dressy black capris and top. 

2) H&M Coral and Pink Earrings: 
These long, very flashy, earrings are definitely not for those who shy away from standing out in a crowd. These earrings are BOLD, and would look great paired with a pair of colourful pink jeans and a flowy black top.  

3) Forever 21 Turquoise Bow Ring: 
Paired with any of the neon nail polishes mentioned above, this cute turquoise bow ring makes for the perfect girly accessory.  

4) Aldo Gold, Lime Green and Pink Necklace: 
The moment I saw this multi-coloured neon necklace (a birthday present from my friend Jenny), I fell in love. I love how this necklaces pairs two bright coloured chains with a more neutral gold chain, as I think it makes the necklaces a little more classy.  

 L-R: Radiate, Bright Tights, Pink Parka, Celtic Sun, Turned up Turquoise. 

Top: Bite of an Apple L-R: Melon, Desire, Florida, Full Fuschia 

 L-R: Morange, Succulent Pomegranate, Neo Classical Coral, Candy Yum Yum, Fushion Pink

 L-R: After Party, Magenta Madness, Yellow

 Sleek Acid Palette

My Inglot bright palette


Are you loving this summer's neon trend? What are your favourite neon products and accessories? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

xx
Alicia

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday Q&A #29



Hey Everyone, 

One of my favourite bloggers, Karen of Makeup and Beauty Blog, does a weekly poll on her blog encouraging readers to take part. Every Monday, I will be posting my answers to her questions on my blog, and hope that you will join me by making your own post, or leaving your answers to the following questions in the comment section below.



1) Mood: Excited! I leave for Nashville in just under two weeks, and I am so excited. I love Nashville, and the CMA Fest, and really look forward to it every year. This morning my sister and I managed to get CMT Award Show tickets which has become a tradition during our CMA Fest week. 


CMT Awards 2011


2) If you could make your pet understand one thing, what would it be?: I think my dog, Dolce, does understand a lot, he just chooses to ignore things like 'don’t bark at every person that walks by', 'don’t try to viciously attack our other dog when he gets too close to your food', etc. I guess I would want him to understand that I am the boss (not him), but I doubt very much that is ever going to happen. He's so cute, that we let him get away with everything. 


Dolce



3) Do you do anything in particular to celebrate the start of summer?: We usually start spending a lot of time at my cottage. That is when I, officially, know it is summer. Unfortunately, my cottage is currently under renovation, so we won’t be spending any time there until, at least, the end of June. 

Sunset view from my cottage


4) Eyes/Lips/Cheeks?
: A the moment I am not wearing any makeup (I am actually still in my pj’s), so I’ll do yesterday’s makeup. 


Eyes: Mac’s Mineralized Eyeshadows in ‘Cloudy Afternoon’ and ‘Winterized 
Cheeks: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in ‘Amused’
Lips: Essence Lipstick in ‘Coralize Me’

5) Do you have a special spot where you like to read?: I usually read lying on my bed or on the couch. 



6) A song that always puts you in a good/better mood?: Oh man, there are too many to name. I guess the one I get most excited by, when it comes on the radio, is Zac Brown Band’s ‘Keep Me In Mind”. 





7) Do you keep a pair of casual shoes by the front door?: Not usually. We have a shoe cupboard at our garage door, and I keep all of my shoes there. 


8) Tell me about your weekend: What did you do?: It was a nice long weekend (today is a holiday here). Saturday I got my nails done, went bathing suit shopping (it surprisingly went well), and went out for dinner with my friend Kerri. Yesterday, I hung out with my sisters and two of our friends, and then went out for ice cream after dinner. Today, I relaxed and then worked out (more stretching than working out really) with my trainer.  


My current manicure. OPI's 'Gargantuan Green Grape' and Studio M's 'Volcanic'  



9) What scent are you wearing?: I don’t have any perfume on at the moment, but if I did I would be wearing either ‘SJP NYC’
 or Justin Bieber’s ‘Someday’.


10. Weekly goals: I have really been slacking off when it comes to blogging, and I need to get back on track.  I am heading to Toronto for the day tomorrow, but will hopefully start posting on a daily basis, starting Wednesday. 


If you decide to answer the questions, leave your responses or the link to your responses in the comment section below. 

Hope you all have a great week. 

xx
Alicia


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Beauty Quote of the Week #68



Women should be measured by the lives we lead, not by the size we wear – Elizabeth Patch



Saturday, May 19, 2012

Giveaway Winners: April and My Big 30th Birthday Giveaway


Hey Everyone, 

First I want to apologize for being absent this past week. Unfortunately, while shopping in the US with my sister, I re-injued my back pretty badly. I am trying to get better before heading to Nashville in two weeks, so I have not been as on top of blog posts. One post I did want to get out was the one containing the winners of both my April giveaway and My Big 30th Birthday giveaway. Before I announce the winners, I would just like to clarify that I won't be posting the winners of each month's giveaway until I post the following month's giveaway. Here we go: 

Thank you to everyone who entered my Big 30th Birthday giveaway. I was happy to see that so many of you were excited about the prizes, and found it really interesting what product you would most like to win (they were all very different). In the end I had a total of 1766 entries. Using random.org I generated number 1619 so the winner is....Sherry!! Congratulations Sherry. I will be sending you an email ASAP so I can get your package to you soon. 




As for my April giveaway,  I had 312 entries in total. After using random.org, I generated the number 311 (doesn't hurt to be last), so the winner is Mariel. Congrats Mariel, I will be sending you an email shortly to get your mailing information. 





Thank you again to all who entered and to all those who continue to support my blog. You are all truly amazing!


xx
Alicia