Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Eye Candy: My Purple Lip Products



Hey Everyone, 

As I mentioned in my 'New Lip Love' post last week, I am absolutely obsessed with Fall's purple lip trend. With so many different shades of purple to chose from, this trend works nicely for any skin tone, hair colour, etc. Below are pictures (or eye candy as I like to call them) and swatches of some of the purple lip products I currently own. 


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in 'Hoochie':
A deep plummy-purple gloss with brown undertones. This super thick gloss is very pigmented and lasts all day. 

Accessorize Lip Gloss in 'V.I.P':
A super sheer purple gloss with pink undertones. This gloss is super shiny, non-sticky and smells amazing. 

Korres Lip Butter Glaze in 'Crocus':
A bright lavender gloss with pink undertones. This gloss is super shiny, highly pigmented and very moisturizing. 


MAC Dazzle Glass in 'Fantabulous':
A bright purple magenta gloss with iridescent pink glitter. This gloss is super sticky (which I don't love), but perfect for a fun night out. 

Benefit Ultra Shine Lipgloss in 'Wild Child':
A gorgeous, sheer, purple-pink gloss with iridescent pink shimmer. This gloss is non-sticky, very moisturizing and smells amazing. 

essence Stay With Me Lipgloss in 'Berry Me!':
A deep berry-purple with red undertones. This gloss is very shiny, and has a jelly-like consistency which helps it last longer than a lot of the other glosses I own. 


Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in 'Lilac Pastel': 
A super pale lavender gloss with blue undertones. This non-sticky, super shiny gloss is very creamy, and leaves the lips feeling very moisturized. 

Too Faced Glamour Gloss in 'Sex Pot': 
A nude-purple gloss with brown and pink undertones. This creamy, semi-sticky gloss plumps the lips, giving them a nice minty tingle. 

MAC Lipglass in 'Lavender Wind':
A pale lavender gloss with silver glitter. This gloss is super sticky and very glittery, making it one of my least favourite purple lip products. 


Annabelle Twist Up Pencil in 'Royale':
A deep plummy-purple lipstick with brown undertones. This glossy lip pencil is easy to apply, super creamy and very moisturizing. 

Revlon Lip Butter in 'Sugar Plum':
A deep plum, tinted lip balm with brown undertones. This lip butter is glossy, smooth and very moisturizing. 
L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Lipstick in 'Violet Chiffon':
A deep, purple lipstick with pink undertones. This lipstick is shiny, super pigmented and leaves the lips feeling super smooth and moisturized. 


MAC Lipstick in 'Violetta':
A deep berry-purple with iridescent pink shimmer. This lipstick is crazy pigmented (it's one of MAC's Amplified lipsticks), super creamy and fairly moisturizing. 

MAC Lipstick in 'Up The Amp':
A pink-purple lipstick with brown undertones. This Amplified lipstick gives the lips a semi-matte finish perfect for fall. Unfortunately this lipstick is not very moisturizing (it may be because it's one of my older ones), and therefore requires some lip balm underneath.  


Korres Lip Butter in 'Plum':
A deep plummy-purple lip balm with brown and red undertones. This  very pigmented lip balm is super moisturizing leaving the lips feeling soft and hydrated.  


SWATCHES

(L-R):  Annabelle 'Royale', MAC 'Up The Amp', MAC 'Violetta'

 (L-R): Revlon 'Sugar Plum', L'Oreal 'Violet Chiffon', Korres 'Plum'

(L-R): Revlon 'Lilac Pastel', Benefit 'Wild Child', MAC 'Lavender Wind'

(L-R): essence 'Berry Me', MAC 'Funtabulous', Too Faced 'Sex Pot' 

(L-R): OCC 'Hoochie', Korres 'Crocus', Accessorize 'V.I.P'


Do you like this fall's purple lip trend? What are your favourite purple lip products? Any you would recommend I try? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 


xx
Alicia

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Monday, August 27, 2012

MaskerAide Launches Six Totally Chic Sheet Masks



Hey Everyone, 

New Canadian skin care line, MaskerAide has launched their first line of super hydrating, and totally chic, sheet masks. Combining ridiculously cute packaging (seriously, check out all of the graphics) and high quality ingredients such as Argan Oil, Vitamin E and Green Tea, MaskerAide has tailored their masks for a combination of skin types and fabulous women (the partier, the business woman, the aging diva). 



For those who may be scratching their heads wondering "umm...what is a sheet mask?", MaskerAide explains: 


"A sheet mask is a special type of face mask made from a thin fibre sheet that is cut to the contours of the face and is soaked in serum. When worn on the face, the mask incubates the ingredients helping them to soak into the skin, while its cooling effect stimulates blood flow and relaxes facial muscles. As well, the functionality of the sheet mask design makes them easy to use and mess free"


To help women combat dry, damaged skin, each MaskerAide mask is soaked in 'a highly concentrated Argan Oil based serum' which helps moisturize and smooth the face. Each mask is made with a 'special mix of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and nutrients to ensure that each mask is truly unique and targets the specific skin care concerns' of everyone who uses them. 

All MaskerAide masks are free of parabens, harsh dyes and chemicals, artificial fragrances, glycerine, mineral oil, and benzophenone. They are also eco-friendly, vegan friendly and biodegradable. 

The MaskerAide line consists of the following six sheet masks: 




BEAUTY REST’ORE (Restore, Regenerate & Repair):
 “Everyday your skin loses essential moisture and nutrients. While you prepare for your beauty sleep, out super hydrating BEAUTY REST’ORE formula (fused with Argan Oil, Super Fruit Extracts, Green Algae and Vitamin E) goes to work to restore, regenerate and repair your skin leaving it silky, smooth and supple by morning. The cooling effect of the mask helps relax the facial muscles easing the signs of stress and fatigue, while natural Lavender Oil relaxes your body and mind. Sweet dreams!”


WEATHER WARRIOR (Calm, Soothe & Heal):
“Whether you’ve spent the day baking on the beach or skiing down the slopes, your skin has taken a beating. Exposure to damaging elements such as harmful UV rays, wind and extreme cold can leave your skin dry, flaky and screaming SOS! Caring for and moisturizing your skin after exposure to the elements is essential. Apply our WEATHER WARRIOR mask with Aloe, Green Tea, Witch Hazel and Argan Oil to help soothe, calm and heal your skin allowing it to breathe a sigh of relief.”


PRE PARTY PREP (Brighten, Prime & Energize):
“You may be ready for a night of partying and celebration, but is your face? Make sure you stand out from the crowd and start prepping your skin now! Create a perfect canvas for foundation application with PRE PARTY PREP’s silky, lightweight blend of natural Argan Oil, Orange Peel Oil, Super Fruit Extract, Rice Extract and Honey to energize, hydrate, brighten and prime your skiin for a flawless and velvety-smooth finish." 


I DON’T WANNA GROW UP (Lift, Firm & Soften Fine Lines):
“Go ahead, jump in the ‘Fountain of Youth’ and splash around! Who ever said you had to grow up anyway? I DON’T WANT TO GROW UP is an intensive, multi-action mask that helps to prevent and combat the signs of aging while nourishing the skin. It provides deep hydration and delivers a healthy dose of age-defying ingredients including natural Ylang-Ylang Oil, Argan Oil, Vitamin E, Hydrolyzed Collagen and Elastin to help diminish fine lines and bring out your youthful glow.” 






ALL NIGHTER (Awaken, Replenish & Refresh):
“Whether you were up all night studying or out all night partying, we’ve got you covered to face the long day ahead. Apply our ALL NIGHTER mask to awaken, refresh and replenish your skin. The cooling effects of the mask will help de-puff and awaken your eyes, while natural Peppermint Oil awakens your senses. Aloe, Argan Oil, Heartleaf (a powerful detoxifier), Honey, Super Fruit and Cactus Extracts work together to erase the signs of the previous night and get you ‘boardroom’ ready!




DETOX DIVA (Cleanse, Exfoliate & Detoxify):
“Gone are the days of using harsh scrubs and drying clays. Our DETOX DIVA mask (formulated with natural Geranium Oil, Seaweed and Green Tea Leaf Extracts) helps to minimize pores, absorb impurities and protect from toxins and free-radicals without removing your skin’s essential natural oils. Chinese Plum Strawberry and Lemon Fruit Extracts go to work to gently exfoliate and lift dead skin cells revealing clear luminous skin, while Argan Oil and Honey keep your skin happy and hydrated.”
        


Retailing for $4.99 each, all six MaskerAide sheet masks can be purchased online at www.maskeraide.com (the company ships worldwide). 

My Initial Thoughts: 
While I haven't had a chance to try all six masks, the ones my sister and I have tried, really impressed me. Not only is the packaging out of this world (have you seen the attention to detail?), the masks themselves are super thick and absolutely drenched in luxurious feeling ingredients. I do plan on testing all six sheet masks, and will be sure to post a more detailed review soon. 


Have you tried sheet masks before? Do you want to? Which of the MaskerAide masks is your skin craving most? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

xx
Alicia


Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for consideration. As always I am 100% honest in my posts, and all opinions are my own. 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Beauty Quote of the Week #81



“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
-Buddha 



Friday, August 24, 2012

Caryl Baker Visage's 'Midtown Morning' Colour Story Collection



Hey Everyone, 

This fall, Canadian cosmetic company, Caryl Baker Visage has a number of new products to introduce as part of their new 'Uptown Girl' collection. Included in this new collection, are three colour stories (Midtown Morning, Power Lunch and After Hours), which feature an eyeshadow trio, eyeliner, blush, lipstick and lip gloss, and give customers the ability to create beautiful, seasonal looks for both day and night.

Thanks to Caryl Baker Visage, I was able to play with 'Midtown Morning', a gorgeous collection of neutral and rosy shades which, for me, are a nice change from all of the bold and bright colours I have been wearing this summer. Below are more details on the 'Midtown Morning' colour story, including swatches and a FOTD look. 



Caryl Baker Ultimate Eyeliner in 'Occult': 
This limited edition eyeliner is super creamy and easy to blend, and because of it's softer texture, glides on easily without any pulling or tugging of the lash line. While I am not usually a fan of 'glittery' eye products, this dark charcoal eyeliner laced with purple and pink glitter is, in my opinion, perfect for a special night out on the town. 



Caryl Baker Mineral Eyeshadow Trio in 'Gingerbread Latte', 
'Check Please' and 'In Transit':
With two mineral shadows from their regular line, and one new mineral shadow, the 'Midtown Morning' eyeshadow palette is perfect for both day and night. The trio, which showcases three super soft, and very pigmented, eyeshadows, contains the following: 'Gingerbread Latte', a shimmering champagne beige, 'Check Please', a shimmering taupe with purple undertones, and 'In Transit, a matte brown-grey with purple undertones. These shadows were super easy to work with and lasted nicely throughout the day. 



Caryl Baker Blush in 'Slept In': 
This deep rose blush with purple undertones is probably my favourite piece from the 'Midtown Morning' collection. This matte blush, which gives the face a nice, "I just took a brisk walk on chilly day" look, is rich, creamy and super blend-able. For those who prefer a less bold look , this blush can be applied lightly for a sheer wash of colour. Personally, however, I love to slap it on for a more dramatic look. 




Caryl Baker Lipstick in 'Morning After': 
This completely matte, rosy-nude lipstick is the perfect colour for achieving that 'my lips but better look'. Unlike a lot of the matte lipsticks I have tried, 'Morning After' is fairly creamy, leaving the lips feeling well hydrated. Like the other Caryl Baker lipsticks I have tried, 'Morning After' is uniquely packaged with a mirror for 'on the go' touchups. 



Caryl Baker City Slickers Lip Gloss in 'Rodeo Drive': 
This rosy-nude lipgloss is a part of Caryl Baker's brand new 'City Slickers' lip gloss line, which uses 'cutting edge technology [to] combine the payoff of a sheer lipstick with the superior shine of a gloss'. With a super high sheen, a nice minty scent and argan oil to help hydrate the lips, I can definitely see 'Rodeo Drive' becoming one of my new favourite lip glosses for Fall. 


 Shade: Eyeshadow Trio ('Gingerbread Latte', 'Check Please', 'In Transit'), Eyeliner in 'Occult'

Sun: Eyeshadow Trio ('Gingerbread Latte', 'Check Please', 'In Transit'), Eyeliner in 'Occult'

 Shade: Lipgloss in 'Rodeo Drive', Lipstick in 'Morning After', Blush in 'Slept In'.

Sun:  Lipgloss in 'Rodeo Drive', Lipstick in 'Morning After', Blush in 'Slept In'.


  

Eyes: 
'Gingerbread Latte' (Inner Corner, Brow Bone)
'Check Please' (Lid)
'In Transit' (Crease)
'Occult' (Upper Lash Line

Cheeks: 
'Slept In'

Lips:
'Morning After'
'Rodeo Drive'


Midtown Morning, as well as the other two colour stories featured as part of the 'Uptown Girl' collection, can be purchased online or at Caryl Baker Visage stores for  $69.50 CND (total retail value is $128.50). 

Have you tried anything from the Caryl Baker Visage line of cosmetics? Do you want to? Which product from the 'Midtown Morning' collection would you most want to get your hands on? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

xx
Alicia




Wednesday, August 22, 2012

New Lip Love: Korres Lip Butter Glaze in 'Crocus'



Hey Everyone, 

After seeing swatches of Korres Lip Butter Glaze in 'Crocus' on Makeup and Beauty Blog last week, I just knew I had to get my hands on it. I have been absolutely obsessed with purple lip products, and this beautiful bright lavender gloss is no exception. 



Like their Lip Butter counterparts, the Korres Lip Glazes are super moisturizing, very shiny, smell amazing, and contain no parabens, sulphates or synthetic fragrances. 



Have you tried any of the Korres Lip Butter Glazes? How do you feel about purple lips? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

xx
Alicia

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Target and Sephora Haul (Video)


Hey Everyone, 

This weekend my sisters, myself and two of our friends went to Detroit, MI for a Kenny Chesney concert. While in the US, we had a chance to do some shopping, and so I wanted to share my makeup and accessories haul with you. Below is a video of everything I purchased from Target and Sephora, as well as swatches of some of the products. Enjoy!

xx
Alicia

Monday, August 20, 2012

L'Oreal Canada's TIFF Festival '12 Simply Chic Collection (Swatches+FOTD)



Hey Everyone, 

I can't believe it's already the time of year that students start buying their back to school clothes, trees start shedding their leaves, and Toronto starts preparing for the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). To ensure that all Canadians (even those who don't live near Toronto) feel included in TIFF 2012, L'Oreal, one of TIFF's major sponsors, has created the limited edition, Tiff Festival '12 Simply Chic cosmetic collection. 

The nine piece collection, which includes two face products, three lip products, three eye products and one nail product, is aimed at achieving a natural, yet chic and glamourous look, perfect for the red carpet or a quiet night out on the town with friends. Below is more information on each product in the collection, including swatches, and a TIFF Festival '12 Simply Chic Face of the Day look. 

 

Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream: 
As L'Oreal's first 4 in 1 BB Cream, the Magic Beautifier BB Cream helps prime, perfect, hydrate and correct skin for a flawless, natural finish. Unlike the majority of the BB creams currently on the market, L'Oreal's Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream comes out white with smally, grainy beautifying beads that match skin's natural tone when blended. 



L'Oreal Paris Magic Smooth Souffle Blush in 'Angelic': 
This gorgeous peachy-pink whipped blush blends nicely into the cheeks creating a well pigmented, silicone-feeling finish. This colour is perfect for summer, but will also carry over nicely into the fall. 



Colour Riche Lip Liner in 'Beyond Pink': 
This nude-pink lip liner is not only the perfect match for the lipsticks in this collection (see photo below), it works nicely with a number of lip colours including dusty pinks, corals, nudes and browns. This retractable lip liner (no sharpener needed) has anti-feathering properties, which help lipstick from spreading outside the lip line. 





Colour Riche Lip Colour in 'Peach Fuzz' and 'Golden Splendor'
Peach Fuzz, a stunning frosted peach and Golden Splendor, a light frosted gold, give the lips a natural, yet shimmery look. These lipsticks are extremely moisturizing and leave the lips feeling smooth and hydrated. 



Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner in 'Black':
This chunky, black, kajal-like eyeliner is perfect for creating any sexy, smoldering and smoky eyed look. This pencil works well on both the upper and inner lash lines, although some smudging does occur throughout the day (a look I personally enjoy).




La Couleur Infalliable Eye Shadow in 'Pepsy Coral':
A new addition to L'Oreal's amazingly smooth, and very pigmented, line of Infalliable eyeshadow, Pepsy Coral is a gorgeous light peach laced with shimmering gold. When worn with a primer, this shadow lasts throughout the day, giving the eyes a beautiful glow. 



The TIFF Festival '12 Simply Chic Collection also includes L'Oreal's Voluminous Power 24 Hour Mascara in Blackest Black, as well as L'Oreal's Colour Riche Nail Colour in Red Tote, a bold, brick-red.  

All nine products retail between $10.99 and $16.99 CND and can be purchased at the L'Oreal Paris Red Carpet Beauty Lounge in Toronto, as well drugstores and mass-retailers throughout Canada at the end of August. 


Top to Bottom (Sunlight): Peach Fuzz, Golden Splendor, Pepsy Coral, Beyond Pink, Angelic, Smoldering Eyeliner.

Top to Bottom (Shade): Peach Fuzz, Golden Splendor, Pepsy Coral, Beyond Pink, Angelic, Smoldering Eyeliner.




Eyes: 
Infalliable Eyeshadow in 'Pepsy Coral' (lid)
Voluminous Smoldering Eyelinr (upper lash line, inner rim)

Cheeks: 
Magic Souffle Blush in 'Angelic'

Lips: 
Colour Riche Lipliner in 'Beyond Pink'
Colour Riche Lip Colour in 'Peach Fuzz'
Colour Riche Lip Colour in 'Golden Splendor'


Will you be purchasing anything from L'Oreal TIFF Festival '12 Simply Chic collection? Which products are your favourite? If you had the chance to schmooze with any celebrity on the TIFF 2012 red carpet, who would it be? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

xx
Alicia