Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Avon 'Perfect Nude Shades True Color Eyeshadow Quads' (Review+Swatches)

Hey Everyone, 

As I'm sure you know by now, I am a complete sucker when it comes to a good neutral eyeshadow palette (a girl can never have too many neutral palettes). From soft and subtle to smoky and sophisticated, a good neutral palette can easily take you from day to night any day of the week. Well, neutral lovers rejoice, because today, I have not one, but two of Avon's new 'Perfect Nude Shades True Colour Eyeshadow Quads' to share with you. 

Retailing at only $10 CND/each (trust me, they are a total steal), the new Avon True Colour Quads combine four rich, neutral, co-ordinating shades, perfect for creating a variety of stunning eye looks. Marked with numbers 1-4, each palette provides a step-by-step guide to applying the shadows (1: brow bone, 2: inner corner, 3: outer corner, 4: lash line)), but those, who like me, like to break a few rules, can throw caution to the wind, creating their own personalized look. 

While I'm not always the biggest fan of drugstore-priced eyeshadow palettes (I find the majority to be chalky, dry and not very pigmented), Avon's newest True Colour Eyeshadow Quads are incredibly well formulated with shadows that are very well pigmented, incredibly soft (they feel like silk) and easy to blend. 

I've been using both 'Perfect Nude Shades Eyeshadow Quads' for the past month, and can honestly say they are worth every penny. Below is a closer look at all of the shades contained in each palette: 

Avon Perfect Nude Shades True Color Eyeshadow Quad in 'Naked Truth'

Shimmering Beige: 
A shimmering light beige (almost white), this shade makes for the perfect brow-bone highlight (I've been using this particular shade every day for the past month). 

Peach Sparkle: 
A soft, shimmering light peach with golden undertones, this shade makes for  beautiful inner corner highlight (I also like to place this along the lower water for a brightening glow). 

Glimmering Sand: 
A soft brown with strong rose undertones and a slight sheen, this shade is definitely my favourite, and works beautifully in the crease, warming up any eye look. 

An icy, cool-toned taupe with subtle olive undertones, this stunning colour makes for the perfect all over lid shade (add a touch of mascara and liquid eyeliner and you are good to go). 

Avon Perfect Nude Shades True Colour Eyeshadow Quad in 'Grin and Bare It'

A shimmering golden-bronze, this shade looks amazing placed on the centre of the lid creating a beautiful glow. 

Burnished Copper: 
A deep chocolate brown with copper undertones, this shade is perfect for creating a daytime smoky eye. 

A deep olive with golden undertones and a light sheen, this absolutely stunning shade look great worn all over the lid. 

Sahara Sunset: 
A dark, cool-toned chocolate brown, this shade makes for a great eyeliner both on the upper and lower lash lines. 

 Naked Truth

Grin and Bare It

With four gorgeous, co-ordinating shades (you can definitely get a whole eye look with each of these palettes), these amazingly well formulated quads are a neutral lovers dream, and definitely worth a closer look. The new Avon Perfect Nude Shades True Color Eyeshadow Quads are available on the Avon website as of the beginning of May. 

Are you a neutral palette lover? What do you think of Avon's new 'Perfect Nude Shades' Quads? Will you be picking one up? What is your all time favourite neutral eyeshadow palette? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

NOTD: Formula X Nail Effects in 'Explosive'

Hi Everyone, 

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. Today, I wanted to share my newest nail look with you. As you may have seen in my NYC haul post, I recently picked up two new polishes from the Formula X line. While I had sworn not to buy any more nail polish for a while, I was overcome by the beauty of the Formula X line, and couldn't help but pick up of their most stunning shades (who didn't see that coming from a mile away?!). Having already shared my first NYC pick in last week's 'Graffiti Nails' post, I wanted to give you a closer look at the second polish I picked up on my trip. 

One of five shades from Formula X's Superwatts collection, 'Explosive' is a gorgeous jelly-based black polish PACKED full of various sized multi-coloured, holographic, hexagonal glitter (say that ten times fast!). Opaque in two to three coats (I went for three because I wanted to layer on as much glitter as possible), 'Explosive's formula is on the thicker side, meaning it's best if you take your time with application (it can get chunky if you don't allow each coat to dry for 20-30 seconds). 

Like all of Formula X's polishes, 'Explosive' is three-free (no DBP, Formaldehyde or Toluene), paraben-free and comes with a short, fairly thin brush 'engineered to compliment [the polishes] highly pigmented formulas, giving you the most even and precise lacquer application' (in other words, even I can apply these polishes fairly evenly, without a lot of mess). 

While I would like to be able to tell you that I will, hereby, be sticking to my 'no buying nail polish' rule, the Formula X line has definitely been feeding my polish addiction and I already have my eyes on a few more shades I NEED to add to my collection (yes, it's a need, not a want).  

Have you tried any of Formula X's nail polishes? Any shades you really want to add to your collection? Any you think I should try out? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

My Week In Instagram Photos #60

 1) Purple sushi?!
2) Graffiti nails using Formula X's 'Turbulent'. 
3) Mixing some camo and neon. 
4) Umm... is this not the creepiest Easter chocolate you have ever seen?!
 5) Went a little overboard planning the kiddie Easter egg hunt this year. 
6) Eyeshadow and mini eggs, thank you Almay!
7) Hanging out with my sisters at the Raptors game. 
8) Outfit of the Day: Leggings- JC Penny, Top- Penningtons, Jewelry- Ali Express, Forever21 and Henri Bendel. 
9) Mini Easter/birthday cheesecakes. 
10) My cottage cuddly buddy. 
11) A sunny, beautiful day at the cottage. 
12) More Easter cheesecake. 
 13) Yep, my dog has his own Red Wings jersey. 
14) Throw Back Thursday: my super blonde, mushroom cut. 
15) Outfit of the Day: Leggings- JC Penny, T-Shirt- Addition Elle, Jacket- Jessica Simpson, Jewelry/Watch- AliExpress, Forever21 and Henri Bendel. 
16) At the Red Wings game with my sisters. 
 17) How gorgeous is this palette?!
18) Can't wait to share the new Dior Transat collection. 
19) New accessories: Rebecca Minkoff purse and Henri Bendel bracelet. 
20) Avon's new 'Express Dual Eye System'...I hope this is the miracle I need. 
21) Candy and hair chalk...I want to go blue!
22) Even better than flowers...eos 'Strawberry Sorbet' and 'Passionfruit'. 
23) Thanks to two of my friends for feeding my blush addiction. 
24) I did a bad, bad thing...It Cosmetics 'Naturally Pretty' palette. 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Smashbox The Santigolden Age Eyeshadow Collage in 'Earth As We Know It'

Hey Everyone, 

This Summer, Smashbox Cosmetics has teamed up with artist, musician and muse, Santigold, to create a vivid and colourful collection inspired by the 'post 2012-Golden Age'. With a variety of products including two eyeshadow collage palettes, two double-ended eyeliners, two lip glosses, nail art stickers and the most gorgeous lipstick statement ring (I want!), the new 'Santigolden Age Collection' is incredibly unique, making it one of the most exciting Summer 2014 beauty launches. 

I was recently sent the new five shade Eyeshadow Collage Palette in 'Earth As We Know It' and couldn't wait to share my thoughts. 

Let's be honest, I am a sucker when it comes to great packaging and this palette is no exception. With bold bright colours, a collage-like aztec design, and, of course, the inside eyeshadow snake design, the 'Earth As We Know It' palette is one of the most gorgeous palettes I have ever seen. 

Below is a closer look at each of the five shades in the 'Earth As We Know It' palette, which can be used both wet (I like to spray my brush with MAC's 'Fix Plus') or dry: 

Kelly Green:
 A shimmering kelly green with yellow undertones and extremely finely milled golden shimmer. 

Soft Sparkling Cream: 
A shimmering light beige/cream with large flecks of iridescent gold and white glitter. 

Dark Matte Blue: 
A deep, matte, smoky navy blue with purple undertones. 

Sparkly Forest Green: 
A deep, shimmering forest green packed with chunky iridescent gold and green glitter. 

Raisin with Rose Gold Pearl: 
A deep, matte smoky plum with large pieces of iridescent gold and rose gold glitter. 

Despite the gorgeous packaging, I'll be honest, in saying I wasn't overly excited by the eyeshadow shades themselves upon first look. While all of the shades look pretty in the pan, I've never been a huge fan of green eyeshadow (they always make my eyes look red) or shadows that have a lot of fairly chunky glitter. After testing the palette out, however, all of my initial feelings changed. 

Not only are all of the shadows incredibly well pigmented (we are talking great colour payoff), the three main shades in the 'Earth As We Know It' palette are incredibly smooth and buttery, don't have much fallout (despite having some shimmer and glitter), and blend like a dream. As for the two smaller, more glittery shades, they do have a fair amount of fallout (to be expected with larger flecks of glitter), but are easily packed onto the lid (wet or dry) for an added touch of sparkle. 

While I really like all of the shades individually (even the Kelly Green shade looks surprisingly nice on my lids), I have yet to figure out an eye look that nicely combines all of the colours, the only real drawback in my opinion (it's hard to get a full look from just this palette). With that said, the shades themselves are beautiful (the navy blue and raisin shades are absolutely stunning!), making the entire palette a piece of art, and something I would definitely recommend checking out. 

The new Santigolden Age Eyeshdow Collage Palette in 'Earth As We Know It' palette retails for $42CND/$36USD and can be found at Shoppers Drugmart and Sephora stores nation-wide. 

What do you think of Smashbox's new 'Earth As We Know It' palette?  Will you be picking anything up from the new Santigolden Age Collection? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NOTD: My Red Wings-Inspired 'Dotticure'

Hey Everyone, 

Happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a great Easter weekend. My Easter weekend consisted of time at my cottage (the weather was amazing!), a Raptors basketball game, organizing an Easter egg hunt for my little cousins, and consuming way too much cheap chocolate (I honestly woke up with a chocolate hangover this morning...time to get my clean eating back on track). 

Besides buying and playing with makeup, baking yummy clean eating treats and watching copious amount of trashy reality TV, one of my favourite things to do is to watch, and cheer on my hockey team, the Detroit Redwings. Having been a fan for over 20 years, I have been lucky enough to go to my fair share of Redwings games, and have been known to force my family and friends to wear some fairly embarrassing, Redwings-inspired outfits (see collage above). 

This Thursday my sisters, my Dad I will be driving to Detroit to see the Red Wings play the Boston Bruins in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Having already planned our outfits (we will be recycling some of our old 'costumes') and our sign 'Girls Don't Get Flirty With Bruins Who Play Dirty' (rhyming with the word dirty is harder than you would think), I decided I wanted to do something fun and 'festive' with my nails. So, what better than a red and white 'dotticure'?!

To create this look, I, or rather my nail lady, started with two coats of Dior's 'Captain', a beautiful cherry-toned red that is set to release with Dior's new Summer 2014 'Transat Collection'. Next, she used my favourite double-ended dotting tool, essence's 'Duo Stylist Nail Tool' and a thick white nail polish (sorry I didn't get the name) to create a smattering of various sized dots. 

While the look is fairly simple (nail art for dummies), I love it and can't wait to show off my nails at the game on Thursday (because the Red Wings will obviously looking into the stands to see who has the best manicure). 

What do you think of my Red Wings inspired 'dotticure'? Are you a hockey fan? Who is your favourite team? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

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.