Friday, February 28, 2014

YSL 'Spring Look Collection' for Spring 2014 (Review+Swatches)

Hey Everyone, 

With stunning shades of light pink, deep rose and smoky purple, YSL's new 'Spring Look Collection' for Spring 2014 was love at first sight. Ultra-feminine, this incredibly luxe collection (I just love the gold packaging) features a number of brand new innovations (hello 'Gloss Volupté'), as well as new shades of some of YSL's most loved products. Below is a closer look at some of the items from the new 'Spring Look Collection':

YSL Rouge Volupté Lipstick in #31 'Fuchsia Tourbillion' ($39 CND): 
Creamy, moisturizing and incredibly well pigmented, YSL introduces four new permanent shades of their famed Rouge Volupté Lipstick (yay!). Silky, smooth and incredibly nourishing (these are everything a lipstick should be), these balm-like lipsticks glide on smoothly and effortlessly for a beautiful plumped, high-shine look. 

A bright rosy-pink with slight blue undertones, 'Fuchsia Tourbillion' applies opaquely for an intense finish (this lipstick is bright!) that leaves lips with a gorgeous stain even after the initial colour has worn off (because these are so silky and smooth, they do need to be reapplied throughout the day). 

Extremely moisturizing (seriously, these feel like an incredibly nourishing lip balm on the lips), YSL's Rouge Volupté Lipsticks are some of my absolute favourites (you've probably seen them in previous posts) and definitely a product I would recommend to all of my fellow dry lip sufferers. 

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis Á Lévres Glossy Stain in '#33-Bourgogne Artistique' ($36 CND): 
Touted as having 'the shine of a gloss, colour of a lipstick and longer wear of a stain', YSL's Vernis Á Léveres Gloss Stains have a high-intensity, high-shine, opaque finish that leaves lips with a beautiful stain even after the initial colour has worn off (these are long lasting so don't worry, they take a while to wear off). 

Unlike the majority of the liquid lipsticks/stains I have tried, the YSL Glossy Stains are not at all drying or cakey (don't you just love when products cling to the fine line on your lips...not!), and instead leave lips feeling silky smooth. 

A new permanent shade, 'Bourgogne Artistique' is a deep, slightly vampy berry-red with purple undertones, that works beautifully as a winter-to-spring transition colour (as much as I like it, I think it's a little too dark for Summer).  

YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux-Cils Mascara in 'Captivating Purple' ($36 CND): 
One of the most raved about high-end mascaras, YSL's Faux Cils utilizes a patented 'Triple-Firm Complex' to condition and curl lashes for a high-intensity, long-lasting finish (though not waterproof, this mascara does not run or smudge at all throughout the day). 

Said to give lashes a dramatic appearance in just one coat, YSL's 'Faux Cils Mascara' uses a special nylon brush with fibers of varying diameters to give lashes a plumped, more voluminous look. 

A deep smoky purple with blue undertones, 'Captivating Purple' gives lashes a hint of colour (from far away lashes look black, but upon closer inspection, you can see that they are actually a deep purple), that works beautifully with rose gold and mauve toned eyeshadows (I have been using this mascara with my Naked3 palette and love the look). 

While I can't say this mascara gives my lashes much length (they still look short and stubby), it definitely separates them, giving them a slightly more voluminous appearance (sorry, but other than the awesome colour, I don't see a dramatic effect when I apply this).

YSL La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer in 'Rose Scabiosa' and 'Rouge Pablo' ($27 CND): 
The absolute stars of the collection (okay, the Rouge Volupté Lipstick is close behind), YSL's 'La Lacque Nail Lacquers' are intensely pigmented, applying smoothly and opaquely in just one to two coats (depending on the shade). 

Enriched with 'chip rose bush to strengthen and protect nails', these nail polishes have a quick drying formula that is said to last, chip-free, for at least four days (I have been wearing both polishes for eight days now and they have yet to chip). 

A creamy light pink with strong lilac undertones, 'Rose Scabiosa' (a limited-edition shade) applies opaquely in two coats making it the perfect pastel for spring (I just love this colour!). 

A bright red with blue undertones (the perfect red), 'Rouge Pablo, a new permanent shade, is incredibly creamy, applying opaquely in just one coat. 

While I love both polishes on their own, I was surprised just how great they look when worn together (see picture below), and will definitely be rocking both of these shades throughout both the Spring and Summer. 

Captivating Purple, Fuchsia Tourbillion, Bourgogne Artistique

Rose Scabiosa, Rouge Pablo

The new YSL 'Spring Look Collection' also features an eyeshadow palette, a gorgeous blush and brand new lip glosses and is available as of the beginning of this month at Holt Renfrew, The Bay, Sephora and Murale stores nationwide. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Spring 2014 Blushes (Video)

Hey Everyone, 

Happy Thursday! While the current weather where I live shows absolutely no signs of Spring (we have major snow squalls at the moment!), I thought it would be fun to film a video showing you a number of the new Spring 2014 blushes. Some of these blushes I have already reviewed on my blog, while others have yet to be mentioned. If you are a blush fiend like me, this video is totally for you, and I would love any suggestions on more new Spring blushes I should be checking out. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

New Make Up For Ever 'HD Blush' (Review+Swatches)

Hey Everyone, 

This weekend a couple of fellow beauty bloggers and I drove into Toronto for a Make Up For Ever event showcasing their brand new HD Cream Blush. As a complete blush fiend (I can't get enough blush!), I was more than a little excited to check out the new 16 shade line, and loved learning how to correctly apply my blush according to my face shape from Make Up For Ever's makeup artist, Kat Von Pire.

While in the past I have always been told I have a round face, losing 40lbs over the past year and 1/2 has definitely changed the shape of my face and I would be lying if I said I wasn't excited to hear that I now have a heart shaped face. To help contour and slim my face a little, Kat taught be that I should be applying a neutral toned blush to my cheeks using the 'C' shape technique that starts at the top of my cheekbones, and lightly brings it up to my temples (I've always just sort of smacked it on the apples of my cheeks). 

At the end of the event everyone had the chance to have their caricature done, and I have to say I fell absolutely in love with mine (she's so cute!). While my parents don't think it looks like me (apparently they don't know what I look like?), I totally do, and can't wait to frame it and put it up in my makeup room. 

Of course the stars of the event were the blushes themselves and, while I've only had a couple of days to play around with them, I couldn't wait to share my thoughts with all of you. 

With a smooth cream-to-powder formula, Make Up For Ever's new HD Blushes 'melt into skin for a natural flush of colour'. While those who have oily skin (like me) might usually steer clear of cream blushes (they just seem to slip off the face throughout the day), the new HD Blushes combine silicone oils, dry oils and waxes to create a long-lasting powder finish, for even the oiliest of skin. 

While very well pigmented (if you want a lot of colour, you can get it with these), the new HD blushes are incredibly easy to blend out (they are super silky, and not at all sticky) for a sheer, more natural-looking finish. Although the blushes do dry to a powder finish, they still have the same radiant glow as most cream blushes giving cheeks a natural 'lit-from-within' look. 

With 16 warm and cool toned shades, the new Make Up For Ever HD Blush line works for a large variety of skin tones. Below is a closer look at the two shades I was gifted at the Make Up For Ever event: 

Make Up For Ever HD Blush in '#335': 
A medium nude-brown with peachy undertones, #335 works nicely as both a blush and bronzer. While not the kind of colour I would normally choose for myself (I tend to go quite bright), this shade works perfectly with the 'C' shape technique I was taught (remember that heart shaped face), acting as a a light contour along my upper cheekbones and temples. 

Make Up For Ever HD Blush in '#410': 
A bright coral-orange with slight pink undertones, '#410' is a universal shade that adds a gorgeous pop of colour to any skin tone (it is as easy to build up as it is to sheer out). While I wouldn't recommend using this particular shade with the C-shape technique (hello orange face!), it looks great dabbed on the apples of the cheeks for a touch colourful radiance, perfect for Spring and Summer.

#335, #410

The new Make Up For Ever HD blushes retail for $30 CND/$26 USD (0.09oz), and can be found at Sephora stores and Make Up For Ever boutiques nationwide. 

What do you think of Make Up For Ever's new HD Blushes? Which of the shades above do you prefer? Will you be checking out any of the other 14 shades? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Double Ended 'Naked' Eye Pencils (Review+Swatches)

Hey Everyone, 

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. As most of you probably know, I am a big Urban Decay fan, and while I can neither confirm nor deny it, I may just own all four of their Naked palettes. So, I was incredibly excited when I found out that the brand recently released four brand new, double-ended eyeliners inspired by each of the Urban Decay Naked Palettes. 

Specifically designed to pair with the four famed Urban Decay Naked Palettes , the 24/7 Glide-On Double Ended Eye Pencils contain a variety of neutral shades (3 best selling colours and 5 brand new shades) that work to beautifully compliment any 'Naked eye' look. 

Incredibly creamy and velvety, these eyeliners glide effortlessly onto the lash line (there is no tugging or pulling with these) for a smooth finish (even I manage to create a smooth, straight line). While these liners are incredibly soft, they do dry fairly quickly (a good 20-30 seconds and they should be set), locking into place for a waterproof, all day wear that won't smudge (get out your best makeup remover, because these babies aren't going anywhere). 

Paraben, sulfate and phthalate free, these liners contain moisturizing ingredients like jojoba oil, Vitamin E and cottonseed oil, meaning they won't irritate or dry out the eye area (my eyes have been super sensitive lately, but I am glad to say the UD 24/7 liners do not bother them). 

Below is a closer look at all four of the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Double Ended Eye Pencils: 

 Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Double Ended Eye Pencil in 'Naked Basics': 
Made to pair perfectly with the Urban Decay's matte, neutral Naked Basics palette (one of my favourite neutral palettes), the 'Naked Basics' double-ended eyeliner consists of the following two shades: 

1) Venus: A light beige with a pearlized finish and a slight iridescent sheen, 'Venus' works beautifully on the waterline helping to make eyes look bigger and brighter (I've been using this daily and love it!)

2) Crave: A creamy, incredibly dark matte brown, 'Crave' is a nice alternative to classic black, giving eyes a slightly softer, smoky-eyed look when worn along the upper and lower lash lines and/or waterlines. 

 Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Double Ended Pencil in 'Naked': 
Made to pair perfectly with the original 'Naked' palette which contains a large variety of shimmering neutrals, the 'Naked' double-ended eyeliner consists of the following two shades: 

1) Zero: A richly pigmented, soft matte black, 'Zero' glides smoothly on both the lash line and waterline for dramatic smoky-eyed look. 

2) Whiskey: A gorgeous, deep chocolate brown with slight yellow undertones (it's a cool brown, rather than a warm one), 'Whiskey' looks great paired with the gold and bronze shades in the original Naked Palette (think 'Half Baked'). 

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Double Ended Pencil in 'Naked2': 
Made to pair perfectly with Urban Decay's cooler toned 'Naked 2' palette (I haven't seen mine in a couple of weeks, since my sister stole it), the 'Naked 2' double-ended eyeliner consists of the following 2 shades: 

1) Perversion: The ultimate matte black (this baby is dark!), super creamy 'Perversion' glides effortlessly onto the upper lash line for a classic winged liner look. 

2) Pistol: A shimmering taupe with both silver and brown undertones, Pistol is an extremely unique shade, and looks great paired with some of the lighter, silver-toned shades in the Naked 2 Palette (think 'Suspect' and 'Verve'). 

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Double Ended Pencil in 'Naked 3': 
Made to pair perfectly with Urban Decay's rose and mauve toned 'Naked 3' palette (a current monthly favourite), the 'Naked 3' double-ended eyeliner consists of the following two shades: 

1) Darkside: A soft, shimmering  purple-taupe, Darkside has a super smoky feel (love it!) and looks great smudged along the upper and lower lash line for a soft, smoky daytime look. 

2) Blackheart: A soft matte black packed full of very finely milled rose-toned glitter, 'Blackheart' is incredibly unique and my favourite shade from the bunch. Worn along both the upper and lower lash line (or waterline) , Black Heart gives eyes a fun, hint of sparkle.

Venus, Crave, Zero, Whiskey, Perversion, Pistol, Darkside, Blackheart

The Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Double Ended Eye Pencils retail for $19/CND (o.02oz)/ $16/USD (o.o2oz) and can be found at Sephora stores nationwide as well as on the Urban Decay website

What do you think of the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Double Ended Eye Pencils? Which of the Urban Decay Naked palettes is your favourite? Which of the eyeliners do you like best? Do you think they co-ordinate nicely with the palettes? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

** The products in this post were sent to me for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own and 100% honest**

Sunday, February 23, 2014

US Beauty Haul: CVS, Target, Ulta and More (Video)

Hey Everyone,

Happy Sunday! I don't usually post on the weekend, but I couldn't wait to share my most recent haul video with you. Earlier this week my sister and I drove across the border to do a little makeup shopping. I got a lot of great new drugstore items, as well as a few high-end goodies I've had my eye on for awhile. Enjoy, and be sure to let me know if you would like to see a review of any of the items I picked up.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Sponged Nail of the Day: YSL 'Rose Scabiosa' + 'Rouge Pablo'

Hey Everyone, 

Happy Friday! I hope you are all gearing up for a fun, relaxing weekend. Tomorrow I am headed to Toronto with two fellow beauty bloggers for an event showcasing Make Up For Ever's new HD Blushes, and brunch at one of my favourite restaurants (I'm not sure if I am more excited for the blush or the amazing Finnish pancakes). 

Today, I have a fun nail of the day to share with you. Completely inspired by one of my favourite beauty bloggers, Eugenia of Ommorphia Beauty Bar, I brought two of YSL's new Spring 2014 polishes to the nail salon and asked for a sponge manicure. Having never done a sponge manicure before, my nail lady (I get acrylics filled every 2-3 weeks) and I decided to use the tip of a sponge toe separator to create the look (sometimes you just have to work with what you've got). 

To start this fun and simple manicure, we used two coats of YSL's 'Rose Scabiosa', a cool toned light pink with lilac undertones, as the base. Then, with our sponge, lightly dabbed one coat of YSL's 'Rouge Pablo', a bright red with blue undertones, along the tip of each nail. 

While the look isn't as nicely done of Eugenia's (she is an expert!), I really like the way it turned out, and plan on buying some cheap makeup sponges, so I can practice the effect myself.

What do you think of my nail look? Have you tried the Sponge nail art effect? Any tips? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below.  

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Back 2 MAC Eyeshadow Haul

Hey Everyone, 

I hope you are all having a wonderful week! My week has been a little crazy. After dealing with an injured dog all weekend (he hurt his neck last week but is luckily on the mend), Monday, my computer decided it would be a good idea to crash deleting four years worth of pictures and files and, the next month worth of posts (lesson...back up your files!). Needless to say I have been scrambling to get things organized, and will, hopefully, be back to a more normal posting schedule next week.

In the meantime, I wanted to share a little 'Back 2 MAC' haul I filmed yesterday. After clearing out both mine, and my sister's, makeup stashes, I found a lot of empty and unused MAC products, took them to our local store, and walked away with five absolutely beautiful neutral MAC eyeshadows (the video includes swatches of all of them). 

Enjoy and be sure to let me know if you have any future eyeshadow recommendations as I plan to clear out my makeup stash on a more regular basis, and can't wait to do some more 'Back 2 MAC-ing'. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

New Milani Spring 2014 Lip Products (Review+Swatches)

Hey Everyone, 

This Spring, Milani Cosmetics wants to give you the gift of luscious lips with not one, not two, not three, but four (yes four!) brand new lip products. From bold and bright liquid lipsticks to beautiful high-shine glosses, the new products come in a variety colourful shades perfect for the transition from Winter to Spring. I was recently sent some of Milani's newest lip products for review, and after a couple of weeks of testing them out, wanted to share my thoughts. Below is more information on all of the new products: 

Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color ($6.49 USD/0.20 fl oz):
Infused with pure pigments, Milani's new Lip Intense Liquid Colours give lips a full wash of high intensity colour (these babies are bright!). Unlike a lot of the liquid lipsticks I have tried (and hated), the new Liquid Colours are extremely lightweight (they don't feel heavy or cakey) and, surprisingly, moisturizing. While these do not dry out the lips, the lighter shades (like Fiery Coral) do draw attention to fine lines so I would definitely suggest priming the lips with the clear anti-feathering lip liner below or a thicker lip balm. Like most liquid lipsticks, these are long lasting, leaving behind a nice stain even after they wear off. Below is a closer look at the two shades I was sent for review: 

02-Pink Wave: An extremely bold hot pink with cherry-red undertones. 
03-Fiery Coral: A super bright neon pink with coral undertones. 

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss ($5.49 USD/0.21 fl oz): 
Richly pigmented (you do not need a lipstick under these as they pack a lot of colour), Milani's new Brilliant Shine Lip Glosses apply beautifully for a dramatic high-shine finish. With a slightly sticky consistency (good sticky, not the bad, hair sticking to your lips kind of sticky), the new glosses are long-lasting, leaving lips feeling nicely moisturized (thankfully, these are not drying) for hours. While I haven't been much of a gloss girl lately (I've been sticking to my tinted lip balms), I fell absolutely in love with these (the formula is great!) and can't wait to pick up some more colours from the new 14 shade line. Below is more information on the three shades I was sent for review: 

06-Ravishing Raspberry: A deep, slightly vampy berry with plum undertones.
10-Coral Crush: A bright, almost neon coral with orange undertones.
07-Pink Lady: A medium rosy pink (think Barbie) with blue undertones.

Milani Power Lip Lasting & Moisturizing Gloss Stain ($6.49 USD/0.09 fl oz.): 
With a light-weight, non-sticky formula, Milani's new Power Up Gloss Stains give lips a very pigmented (these pack a lot of punch), high-shine finish. While the shine does wear off after a while, these glosses leave behind a gorgeous, almost natural looking stain. Nicely moisturizing (these are not at all drying), these glosses claim to be non-feathering although I did have some issues with the darkest shade spreading outside the lip line (this could be due to my difficulties applying the product and not the actual product itself). While I really like the overall product, I don't like the brush it comes with (it's very pointed at the tip), finding it makes application somewhat difficult (hence it going outside the lines). Below is a closer look at the three shades I was sent for review: 

02-Cabaret Blend: A deep, vampy berry-purple with brown undertones. 
05-Macaroon: A light rosy pink with slightly peach undertones. 
08-Creamy Café: A nude pink with strong brown undertones. 

Milani Anti-Feathering Lipliner ($4.49 USD/0.04oz): 
Enriched with vitamins and moisturizing ingredients, this super creamy, amazing smelling (it smells just like honey) transparent lipliner glides on smoothly, helping to prevent lipstick and lip glosses from feathering. Serving as a lip primer, this pencil can be used all over the lips to fill in fine lines and extend the wear time of your favourite lipstick or lipgloss. While I haven't used this pencil too many times (I tend not to use lip pencils), this pencil does have a soft waxy finish that when applied, definitely helps lipsticks stay within the lip lines. 

What do you think of Milani's newest lip products? Anything you really want to try? Which of the four new lip products would you most like to get your hands on? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below.