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Review: NYC Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil

17 Nov

 Price: $3.99 CAD at Wal-Mart

These are some eyeliners I found while on one of my drug store treasure hunts. They are by N.Y.C. (New York Color); a brand I normally pass over when shopping, but I faintly remembered reading something about their waterproof liners so I bought a couple.  After playing with them at home for a few days, I went back and bought the rest.

They remind me of a waterproof version of the Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliners, which I always thought should come in a waterproof version too. Be careful with these on your water line; some have shimmers in them that feel a bit scratchy. The blue and purple felt fine on me, but the teal was really itchy.  If you plan on wearing these on your water line for a night out, I suggest you test it out a few days before so your eyes have time to recover if it’s irritating.

Formula: Similar to Urban Decay’s 24/7 liners, but not as creamy. I like that, since the Urban Decay ones can melt when it’s hot and never stay more than a half hour on my water line. These have MUCH better staying power, and don’t make me want to scratch my eyes out after a day or night of wearing them.

Pigmentation: Very strong, this was the most surprising feature to me. In my opinion, they have the pigmentation of a high-end eyeliner. You get opaque colouring with one or two swipes. And they blend beautifully. These blended into a MAC Paint Pot or Maybelline Color Tattoo base makes for a quick and polished daytime look.

Longevity of wear: All. Day. Long. These babies will last you all day and night. As far as I can tell, they are completely unaffected by tears and sweat. They can be a bit annoying to take off at the end of a long day, make sure to use makeup remover or Vaseline so you don’t pull at your eye too much. 

Packaging: Cute and made from durable plastic. Unlike some brands, the colour of the packaging actually matches the colour of the product inside. This is great if you’re like me and you hate searching through a pile of eyeliners for those little coloured tips.

They come in seven colours. I discovered they make two completely different Smokey Plums, so really there are eight altogether.

931 Black (last): A nice, inky matte black. This is my go-to black eyeliner for filling in my upper lashes and putting on my waterline. It doesn’t itch and make my eyes water like so many black eyeliners do. Anchoring this with a little black eyeshadow (or any colour really) will keep in in place for hours.

 

932 Dark Brown: Very dark matte chocolate brown. This is my favourite and most used eyeliner of the bunch. I wear it pretty much every day because it’s dark enough, but doesn’t have the harshness of black. This is a universally flattering shade of brown.

 

933 Mink: A medium brown with fine silver and gold sparkles. I usually wear this one with some mascara when I don’t have a lot of time to get ready in the morning. It also works well blended out over the lid as an eyeshadow base. Not terribly unique, but a beautiful shimmery brown to have in your collection. (Not good for the waterline).

 

934 Smokey Plum (version 1): I’m calling this one version 1 because it’s more of a true plum than the other.  A gorgeous amethyst/eggplant purple with a red-pink shimmer. This is such a spectacular colour and would be so beautiful on green eyes. If you’re doing a purple look, this shade ties everything together nicely. It also pairs nicely with green, brown and gold shades.

(version 2): Also called ‘Smokey Plum’, this is more of a true, medium matte purple. It looks similar to the first Smokey Plum, but without shimmer and slightly darker. It had the most uneven consistency of them all, and because of this I wear it the least.

 

935 Moody Blue: This is a dark indigo blue with light blue iridescent shimmer. I’m a sucker for jewel tones and this is just such a great sapphire. Another great alternative to black eyeliner, but it’s still dark enough to make your lashes stand out.  The shimmer in this is fine enough for wear on the water line, in fact the shimmers seem to stop it from bleeding as much as the shades with no shimmer.

 

936 Sky High: This is a light purple-blue with very fine blue and pink shimmer. It’s a very unique colour that I would liken to a periwinkle blue. This is the lightest shade and to be honest I haven’t used this one at all, but I’m working on finding a way!

 

937 Teal: A green-teal colour infused with yellow and gold glitter. Wow! This is super shimmery and has that lit-from-within appearance in the swatch. I would not recommend this go in the waterline at all, but you can sort of tell when you’re swatching it because the glitter is really big and visible.  What’s more, the glitter doesn’t feel gritty at all.

Overall: These have become the eyeliner I reach for pretty much every day. They come in a fantastic array of shades for s drugstore brand (the double Smokey Plum is a bonus too!). I would recommend these to anyone looking for some good, colourful eyeliners.

What’s your favourite eyeliner?

- Julia

Fun Grey Smokey Eye

16 Sep

Hello everyone! Please forgive my absence for the past little while, school just started up again and it’s been pretty hectic. I decided to post this look because it’s pretty simple and something I wear often, especially during the fall. I didn’t mean to use all Tarte eyeshadows, all my greys and silvers just seem to be by them.

A lot of the colours I used are from the Tarte for True Blood palette; which doesn’t seem to be on sale on their website anymore but is available on Amazon. I love this palette, it has amazing fall colours and a good assortment of mattes, shimmers and glitters.

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The Look: A soft matte grey smokey eye with strong silver glitter on inner lower lash line.  I like this look because it’s versatile; skip the underneath-the-eye steps for a sophisticated office look and add the glitter later when you’re going out. It doesn’t have to be silver; any colour glitter would look great. A slight bronzer contour and a light pink matte blush on the cheeks complements the dark eyes and a neutral pink glossy lip completes the look.

Good for: This look can be adapted for day or night, office or night-out. That’s why I love grey!

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EYES

MAC Brun Eyeshadow (to fill in eyebrows)

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in tough as Taupe

Tarte Eyeshadow in Matte Pebble (from neutralEYES volume II palette)

Tarte Eyeshadow in Buttercream (from neutralEYES volume II palette)

Tarte Eyeshadow in Matte Soft Beige (from neutralEYES volume II palette)

Tarte Eyeshadow in Stake (from True Blood palette)

Tarte Eyeshadow in The True Death (from True Blood palette)

Tarte Eyeshadow in The Light (from True Blood palette)

Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner in 156 Rhône

NYC Waterproof Eyeliner in 931 Black

L’Oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense

Wet n Wild Coloricon Shimmer Eye Pencil in 155 Silver

Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara in 01 Black

FACE & LIPS

Elizabeth Arden Skin Basics Velva Moisture Film (as base)

Rimmel Clean Finish Matte Foundation in 130 True Ivory

Maybelline 24 Hour Super Stay Foundation in Classic Beige (foundations mixed)

Clinique Airbrush Concealer in 02 Medium

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Finishing Powder

NARS Bronzer in Laguna

NYX Blush in PB06 Peach

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 070 Airy Fairy

Hard Candy Plumping Serum Lip Gloss in 154 All American Girl

This is how I created the look

1. Apply a grey/taupe eyeshadow base (Maybelline Tough as Taupe) with your finger; gently rub around they edges to blend.

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2. Add a light grey eyeshadow (Tarte Matte Pebble) over the base, blend edges out.

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3. Add a dark matte grey shadow (Tarte Stake) to the outer 1/3 of the eye and blend inward. Blend again with the brush you used to apply the light grey for a seamless transition of colour.

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4. Draw a slate grey eyeliner (Annabelle Rhône) to the outer 1/3 of the upper and lower lash line and blend. Blend the shadow on the outer eye so it’s rounded, not angled.

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5. Blend a small amount of matte peach eyeshadow (Tarte Matte Buttercream) in the crease.

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6. Draw a silver eyeliner (Wet n Wild Coloricon Silver) to the inner 1/3 of the lower lash line and blend it out.

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7. Pack a glittery silver eyeshadow (Tarte The True Death)  on top of the eyeliner you blended.

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8. Draw a small amount of black liquid liner to the upper 1/3 of the upper lash line, don’t angle it. Tight line underneath the upper lashes with a black eyeliner.

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9. Tight line bottom lash line with the grey eyeliner and add your highlight and mascara (I used Tarte The Light for the brow bone and Matte Beige for the inner tear duct).

Done! Would you wear this during the day, or out at night?

- Julia

Review: essence Forget It! 3-in-1 Concealer

7 Sep

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What: essence Forget It! 3-in-1 concealer; a multi-purpose pan concealer. This product is no longer shown on the essence website, but is available at Shopper’s Drug Mart and Ulta. Essence is a German cosmetic brand and is available in most European drugstores.

Price: $3.49 at Shopper’s Drug Mart.

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Colour correctors are a great tool and I don’t think you can ever have too many. I picked this essence one up a few weeks ago and I really like it. It even has a guide on the back that tells you what to use each colour for.

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Formula: It has a smooth, gel-like consistency. Since it’s a pan concealer, it’s thick but not too thick to wear under your eyes. The beige and pink melt into the skin very well, but the green appears a bit chalky.

Pigmentation: All three have great pigmentation when swatching, but fade a bit when applied. You can layer them to a certain degree to build up the colour, but if you add too much the product will slide off. Of the three colours, green had the weakest pigmentation. It kinda just settled into lines after a while, which is not what you want when trying to cover a red blemish.

Longevity of wear: The wear time could be improved; the green and the beige colours faded after a while even after setting them with powder. These would probably wear much better on someone with regular to dry skin, but did not last on me. I had no issues with the pink shade under my eyes.

Packaging: It’s made from pretty flimsy plastic. I kinda feel like if I dropped this once, it would be done for. But at this price replacing it isn’t so bad.

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Overall: Good quality product, worth buying for the pink and peach shades. I would recommend this is you’re just starting out with colour correctors and don’t want to spend a lot.

What’s your favourite colour corrector?

- Julia

Liebster Award!

27 Aug

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So last week the lovely Katie from beautygeekblog nominated me for the Liebster Award! It’s my first award and I’m so happy; the fact that people actually like and return to my blog is mindboggling to me. I started this just for fun and could only dream of having followers. Almost three months later, I have over 1,000 hits and 33 followers! Thank you everyone!

Official Rules!

1. Each person tagged must post 11 things about themselves.

2. They must also answer the 11 questions the ‘tagger’ has set for them.

3. They must create 11 more questions to ask bloggers they have decided to tag.

4. They must then choose 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers and tag them in their post.

5. These lucky bloggers must then be told.

6. There are no tag backs.

About Me:

1. All of my footwear is black, brown or nude and I can’t seem to remember this fact whenever I go shoe shopping.

2.  They put in a Marshall’s in my area this year and I’ve become addicted. I go back at least twice a week because they’re always getting new and amazing things for such low prices.

3. I’ve spoken French since I was four. No one else in my immediate family knows any French, but they decided to put me in French immersion in kindergarten. I follow as many blogs as I can in French because I’m afraid I’ll forget it.

4. I’m obsessed with sour Maynards candy

5. I really can’t stand chick flicks. Give me The Godfather over The Notebook any day.

6. I had been pondering starting a blog for about a year before I created this blog and probably wouldn’t have done it if it weren’t for my boyfriend encouraging me. I am SO glad he did!

7. I used to have a pixie cut and surprisingly loved it. Easiest haircut I’ve ever had, maintenance –wise. I think anyone considering going short but is too afraid to should just do it. You’ll never know unless you try, and it always grows back. Hair is an accessory, not a body part.

8. I’m a huge fan of old Hollywood movies, anything from the 40’s to the 60’s because they truly do not make movies like that anymore. Watching how people walked and talked (and dressed!) back kinda feels like seeing people from another planet.

9. I can’t resist a true peach lipstick or blush.

10. I’m desperate to learn how to layer clothing. When it’s done right it looks so chic, but I just look like a homeless person wearing all the clothing I own.

11. I love true crime novels.

 

BeautyGeekBlog Questions:

1. What is your favorite brand of nail polish?

If I had to pick one, I would choose Color Club. I probably have 50 of their polishes because the colours are amazing, they’re reasonably priced and you get seven in a pack!

2. What is your favorite game to play?

After getting bored of Temple Run, I got super addicted to Rat on a Snowboard.

3. What is your best childhood memory?

Coming to my grandmother’s house and getting to play at her makeup vanity with all her Clinique products. The smell of Clinique foundation will always remind me of her.

4. Soft mattress or firm?

Somewhere in between, but with a pillow top. I can’t sleep without mine.

5. Favorite Disney movie & why?

Will always be Beauty and the Beast. The songs are awesome, and Belle has the best dress of all the Disney Princesses.

6. Favorite Pokemon (or cartoon character)?

Since I don’t know any Pokemon, I’m gonna go with Roger the Alien from American Dad. I like it better than Family Guy and Roger just makes the show.

7. Preferred music genre?

I really don’t think I can pick one genre; I like a little bit of everything.

8. Do you like musicals?

I ADORE musicals. I saw Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat with Donny Osmond when I was four and been hooked ever since.

9. Beach or Theme Park?

Definitely the beach. After a going to emergency with a theme park related injury when I was 14, I generally avoid rides.

10. What is your favorite hobby/past-time?

If online shopping doesn’t count, I would have to go with baking.

11. What do you wish you did more of/had more time for?

When I was younger I would buy beads and kits to make jewelry with.  It’s a lot of fun and so much cheaper than buying stuff from Forever 21, which is already inexpensive. But if you’re not following someone else’s design, it can be pretty time consuming.

My Questions to YOU:

1.  What’s your favourite book?

2. Is there any beauty product (like coloured eyeshadow, red lipstick) that you’re afraid of?

3. What is your favourite movie of all-time?

4. What’s your biggest pet peeve?

5. Favourite YouTuber or blogger? (beauty or other)

6. Big city lady or a small town gal?

7. A place you would love to travel to and why?

8. Did you start your blog for fun or as a way to make a career in the beauty industry?

9. What is your dream job?

10. Is there a fashion or beauty trend you can’t stand?

11. If you could only pick one to wear for the rest of your life… mascara or foundation?

My Nominees:

Life by Sofie

Of Life and Lacquer

Miss Ayo Délé

Confession of a HOLIC

TheKelseyWolfeBlog

ProperSweetie

ChefOBuddy

Its-Arianne

Beauty and the Brain

nutmegan95

The LOOKes

Review: KORRES Multivitamin Powder in MVP7

21 Aug

What: KORRES Multivitamin Compact Powder in MVP7. A sheer, oil-free pressed powder enriched with vitamins (description and ingredients available on KORRES website).

Price: € 27,50. $25 – $30 in Canada and U.S. (this product is not available on the Sephora website).

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Although summer is coming to an end, I was still on the hunt for the perfect bronzer. My requirements were: matte, not too dark and with no hints of orange. I didn’t have anything by KORRES and I was a little hesitant to purchase this, but since my last foray into a new makeup brand (the amazing CARGO) was such a success, I decided to go for it.

Boy am I glad I did! This powder is buttery and beautiful! Amazingly, its even replaced NARS Laguna in my makeup bag. This also contains more product, with 10g of powder (NARS Laguna is 8g).

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This is a pressed powder that is meant to be used to set your foundation. I bought it a few shades darker than my complexion and it works great as a bronzer. It’s matte but also sheer, which makes it perfect for contouring and creating a naturally sun-kissed look.

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Formula: Gorgeously silky to the touch and blends beautifully. It’s also oil-free, which is a must for me during the summer. This powder is made with vitamins E and C and other natural botanical ingredients, and you can tell from the scent. Not an irritating chemical makeup smell; it’s a wonderful fresh scent that feels like you’re stepping outside. You can just tell this is high-end makeup.

Pigmentation: This powder is meant to be sheer, which is ideal for setting foundation. Since I bought a darker colour it shows up subtly, but you can build up the colour. I really like the sheerness of this powder; it makes it more wearable year-round. Since it’s matte and sheer it’s almost impossible to go overboard.

It’s great for all over bronzing or just to contour. Be careful not to over-blend when contouring, you can lose the definition you’re trying to create.

Longevity of wear: This has worn beautifully on my skin on very humid days with no fading. I think the hydration from the natural ingredients will make it wearable in the winter as well.

Packaging: Very chic, its made from brown plastic with a subtle sparkle, similar to Laura Mercier products. The only thing I don’t like is that the pan flips up so there is room for a sponge underneath. It is a good idea if you were using this on-the-go to touch up oily spots, but I personally have no use for it.

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Overall: Extremely happy with this purchase, its fast becoming an everyday staple of mine. Anyone looking for a great matte bronzer should check this out. It’s compact and versatile; you can use it as a bronzer, a contour or to blend out your eyeshadow.

I’ve been reading about more KORRES products and their lip butters seem to be a favourite among beauty bloggers. Have you guys tried them? What do you think?

- Julia

Matte Blue Ombré Eyes

16 Aug

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This is a look I created while I was playing with my 88 palette from Coastal Scents. I went for the blues shades to come up with a look I wouldn’t normally wear. I went pretty full out, using bright, vibrant blues. I think most people would normally shy away from this colour, it’s a really fun look if you use it in the right way.

I know some would disagree, but I think for the right occasion this is a very wearable look.  I kept the shadow only on the top lid and under the crease, so the blue doesn’t look like it’s taking over. You could add some blue to the lower lash line, black winged liner and false lashes for a more retro look. Don’t be afraid of looking like Mimi!

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The Look: Electric blue ombré eyes with a pop of shimmer in the centre. I used matte eyeshadows so the gradation of colour would be more visible. I used blue eyeliner instead of black so the focus is on the blues. A hint of berry blush and slight matte bronzer contour on the cheeks. I used a sheer peach lipstick and lipgloss to counter the coolness of the eyes.

Good for: This would be fun for a night out to a club or party. You could also add some more colours and wear this as themed makeup for a sports team or something. (I could probably rock this at a Blue Jays game!)

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EYES

Coastal Scents 88 Color Eye Shadow Palette

Smashbox Eye Illusion Palette (blue side)

Tarte Eyeshadow in Matte Pebble (from neutralEYES volume II palette)

Sephora Nano Eyeliner in 16 Azure

NYC Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in 935 Moody Blue

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original

Bourjois Volumizer Mascara

bareMinerals Brow Color in Dark Blonde

FACE & LIPS

Benefit The Porefessional Primer

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Foundation in 150 Classic Ivory

Estée Lauder Double Wear Concealer in 02 Light Medium

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Finishing Powder

Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in 075 Peach

Revlon Colorburst Lip Gloss in 022 Sunset Peach

Ok here’s how to create the look:

1. Draw a blue eyeliner on the outer and inner corners of the eye, staying under the crease. Blend edges.

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2. Place a matte, medium-dark bright blue over eyeliner, blend edges.

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3. Take a lighter matte blue eyeshadow and blend the first shade toward the centre of the lid.

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4. Clean the centre of your lid with a Q-tip. Wet your brush and pat a light shimmery blue in the centre of the lid.

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5. Go back and re-apply colours that have faded, always staying under the crease. Blend a matte taupe to the crease to add depth.

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6. Draw a dark blue eyeliner (NYC Moody Blue) on the upper water line and highlight brow bone with a matte cream eyeshadow (MAC Blanc Type).

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7. Add the shimmery blue shade to the tear duct area. Curl lashes and apply mascara on upper and lower lashes.

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Done! You can re-create this look with absolutely any colour! What colour would you try it with?

- Julia

Review: CARGO Blush in Mallorca

15 Aug

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This is a product by CARGO that I picked up a few weeks ago. These are sold on the CARGO website for USD $29.00. They come in fifteen shades and I bought Mallorca.

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It’s described as a “bright cherry”, but I would classify it as halfway between red and pink. It’s a dusty-cherry colour that really pops on the cheeks, which is probably why it’s described as “bright”, even though the colour itself is not. Confusing? Then just look at the pictures!

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Let me just start off by saying this blush is HUGE! A regular MAC blush contains 6g of product, and this baby has 8.9g, almost a third bigger! This blush will last you an extremely long time.

Formula: Creamy, dreamy and beautiful! It’s soft and silky to the touch and very pigmented in the application. No chalkiness whatsoever, which can sometimes happen with bright matte blushes. It has a very slight scent of hand soap in the pan, but this is barely detectable once applied.

Pigmentation: Very strong pigmentation, but can be applied lightly. You can sheer out the colour with blending, or build it up in layers for a strong cheek colour. Strong colours like this can be difficult to apply lightly, but I had no issues with this. I would recommend using a blush brush that is semi-stiff so you have more control in the application.

Longevity of wear: Lasts all day long on me with no visible fading. Not much to say, but definitely no complaints.

Packaging: I love this packaging! The metal packaging gives it a vintage feel, reminds me of my Grandmother’s makeup collection. I also like that it doesn’t have a hinge or plastic top for me to break. The packaging makes it feel very durable and long-lasting.

Here is a cheek swatch:

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Overall: I’m so impressed with the quality, colour and size of this blush! I’m definitely going to be on the hunt for more CARGO blushes because this one has surpassed all of my expectations; these are an absolute must-have for any blush-lover.

What are some of your favourite blushes?

- Julia

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