Archive | August, 2012

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

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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

Review: CARGO Eye Shadow 5-Palette

7 Aug

This is an eyeshadow compact that I bought from (surprise, surprise) Winners for $8.99. The CARGO Eyeshadow 5-Palette is regularly $34 CAD, but are now for sale on the CARGO website for $8 each.  I didn’t own anything by CARGO and this was a nice little neutral palette so I thought I would try it out.

This palette is called Paradise Island and it consists of five eyeshadows in the warm brown family. (I swatched them clockwise, with the centre shade last).

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(1) Bronzy-brown with a copper shimmer.  (2) Light pink highlight with white shimmer. (3) Light bronzy-brown, very similar to the first colour but sheerer. (4) Light pinky-brown that appears matte, but has a very fine pink iridescence. (5) Mid-tone brown loaded with warm brown shimmer.

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Formula: The formula feels very nice to me; the shadows blended very well. I noticed a bit of fall-out with the darkest shade, but nothing that can’t be fixed with concealer. Other than that, all colours applied smoothly with no patchiness. 

Pigmentation: Strong, consistent colouring in all shades. There is shimmer in all of these colours, which would normally bother me in a neutral palette. The shimmers differ in size and colour that gives the shades beautiful dimension. This sets it apart from most average brown eyeshadow compacts.

Longevity of wear: These will go all day with no fading when you use a good primer. I haven’t worn them on their own, but I would if my lids weren’t so oily. Yesterday was very humid plus I was building IKEA furniture, I wore them under a MAC paint pot and they didn’t budge.

Packaging: Nothing special, just regular clear plastic. Definitely not cheap plastic, the case feels very sturdy and the clasp is has not come loose. 100% travel safe!

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This is what I wore yesterday: (5) is on the lid, with (1) in the outer corner. (4) is in the crease with (2) on brow bone and tear duct. I wore this over MAC paint pot in Groundwork and blended NYX Jumbo Pencil in Dark Brown on the outer part of the upper and lower lash lines.

Overall: A nice palette to own if you like neutral brown eyes, or if you just want a quick go-to look for everyday. High quality eyeshadow for a great price; I’m glad I picked this up. I will definitely be trying out for more CARGO stuff in the future.

Are you familiar with CARGO? What are some of you favourite products?

– Julia

Winged Liner, Coral Lip

1 Aug

After spending last week painting my room and looking like crap, I wanted to do a glamorous look today.  It was tough because all my makeup is packed away while I’m redoing my room, but this is what I came up with. I actually really like how it turned out!

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This is a classic combination: basic neutral eye, black winged liner and bold lip. This suits absolutely everyone; you just have to make it your own with the lip shade you choose. I love the way the peachy eyeshadow looks over the bronze base. It really pops over the darker colour and looks beautiful with the dark plum-y brown. Ok here is the breakdown.

The Look: A shimmery, light peach on the inner eye, blended into a dark bronze. Thick, black winged liner, dark brown blended into lower lash line with a flesh coloured pencil in the water line to open the eyes. Contour the cheekbones and temples with a matte beige-taupe applied with a tapered brush. I used a vivid matte rose-red just on apples of the cheeks and applied it with a fluffy angled brush. i used a bright matte coral on the lips.

Good for: Date night (wear it more than once with a different lipstick), formal occasions, with an LBD. A great look for when you don’t know exactly what will go with your outfit.

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PRODUCTS

Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation

MAC Strobecream (for cheek highlight)

MAC Blush in Harmony

MAC Blush in Frankly Scarlett

MAC Eyeshadow in Jest

MAC Eyeshadow in Magnetic Fields

MAC Eyeshadow in Brulé

MAC Select Cover-up Concealer in NW20

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Bad to the Bronze

Clinique Gel Liner in True Black

Bourjois Volumizer Mascara

Wet N Wild Mega Last Lip Color in 909D Coral-ine

1. Apply a bronze cream eyeshadow as a base, concentrating it on the outer corner. Blend the edges with a brush or your finger.

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2. Pat a shimmery light colour on the inner half of your lid.

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3. Add a dark taupe-bronze to the outer third of your lid in a V-shape (along lash line and into outer part of crease).

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4. Blend crease until line is softened. Next, use a matte colour close to your skin tone to blend and tone down the shimmery colours.

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5. Draw a black gel liner close to your lash line.

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6. Draw the flick at the angle you want your liner to be.

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7. Adjust your line until it’s smooth and looks the way you want it to. Draw underneath your top lash line, filling in gaps between your eyelashes so there is no skin showing through.

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8. Line your bottom lash line with a brown waterproof liner and blend it out with the brush you applied the darker colour with.

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9. Line your lower water line with a skin coloured pencil. Curl lashes and add mascara. (At this point you could add fake lashes if you wanted, but this mascara is extremely volumizing and I didn’t think I needed them)

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That’s it! So, what do you think?

What are your favourite lip colours to wear with a basic liner?

– Julia