Sunday, October 24, 2010

Wedding Update: Pachelbel's Canon in D for String Quartet



Always wanted this song to play at my wedding. Looking into getting some live musicians to play this as I walk down the aisle!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

REVIEW: Sigma Makeup


"The Sigma Complete Kit contains professional quality brushes for face and eyes. They are technically perfect and precise. Easy to use, soft and durable. All brushes were carefully hand-sculpted and assembled using the finest quality materials. They feature wood handles and nickel-plated brass ferrules." - Sigma

The kit includes 5 face brushes and 7 eye brushes. All brushes are incredibly soft and are made of either natural or synthetic bristles. It retails for $99 on the Sigma website.

Brush Roll: Is made of black synthetic material. It holds up to 15 brushes, has a self fastening closure (magnetized) and is really easy to clean (just wipe a damp cloth over it). This is my first brush roll and it has become very easy to travel with. I select my favourite brushes and I know they will be kept safe in this roll. You can also buy the brush roll separately. It costs $20.

Labels: The numbers use to correspond with the MAC brush numbers, but now they have changed to Sigma’s own brush categorization system. They use the letters “E” and “F” to signify “Eye” and “Face” instead of SS###. I haven't had the brushes long enough to tell you if the writing rubs off, like the MAC ones, but I will keep you updated. It is also helpful that each brush is labeled with what kind of brush it is (i.e., large powder, blending brush...etc.)

Individual Brush Review

Now on to the review of each brush.
If I own the MAC equivalent I will let you know and tell you how it compares.


Large Powder F30: A natural bristle brush which is great for powder products. I've been using with my MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural to set my face. I've also used this for bronzer and blush. I love how fluffy and soft it is and it distributes the right amount of product while blending it in/out at the same time.

Duo Fibre – F50: This brush is identical to the MAC 187. It's a blend of synthetic and natural bristles (hence the name, Duo Fibre). You can use this brush for foundation (which I use my MAC brush for), but I've been using the Sigma one for blush when I want to keep it on the light, natural side. Like all of Sigma's brushes, this is incredibly soft on the skin.

Large Angled Contour F40: I don't own the MAC 168 equivalent, but with this brush I feel I don't need to. It's great for contouring. I own a QUO brush like this and the Sigma one is even more soft and it blends like a dream. This is made of natural bristles.

Foundation F60: I don't own the MAC 190 equivalent, but this is a great foundation brush. I don't typically reach for these brushes for foundation as I find the bristles are too dense and doesn't blend out my makeup into the airbrushed finish I'm looking for, like the Duo Fibre does. This doesn't mean it's a bad brush, just that I don't often reach for it. It's soft and is better quality than the QUO one I own. It's made of synthetic bristles.

Eye Shading E55 – This brush is a cross between a regular eye shadow brush and a fluff brush. It's not entirely dense, but it's not fluffy either. It is made of natural bristles and is incredibly soft. I like how it's not only a shader brush, but can be used to blend out the harsh line your shadow makes (due to its slight fluffyness).

Medium Angled Shading E70 – I've been wanting the MAC brush like this for the longest time, and as soon as I saw that it was in this kit, I was really excited to try it out. It says it's to be used for highlighting underneath the eyebrow and on the inner corners of the eyes. I find it’s great for outer corner work. I love to make my eyeshadow angled to achieve a “cat eye” look and this brush helps me achieve that effortlessly. This brush is made out of natural bristles.

Pencil E30 – This is equivalent to the MAC 219 and is made of natural bristles. This was the only brush I didn’t think compared to the MAC brush. It was a bit too big and the natural bristles weren’t as compact as the 219 making it difficult to smudge under my eye and distribute colour since I didn't have quite the control that my MAC 219 has.

Tapered Blending E40 – This is equivalent to the MAC 224 and is made out of natural bristles. I actually liked this brush BETTER than my MAC 224. My MAC 224 is a bit scratchy and this one is incredibly soft, thus better for blending. I was really impressed with this brush.

Large Shader E60 – This brush is made of natural bristles and is great for covering a large area with eyeshadow. It's well made, soft and works well at putting a highlight under your brow bone as well.

Concealer F70 – I’ve never used a concealer brush before as I find I have better control and blendability with my ring finger, however, this does the job well. It's a great size because it is large enough to cover large areas (like under my eyes) yet small enough to cover blemishes. This is made of synthetic bristles.

Eye Liner E05 – This is great for detail work. I don't own such a small, precise brush and this is great staple to my brush collection. It works well for eyeliner, but since I like to wing out my liner 99% of the time, I prefer using a small angled brush. This is made of synthetic bristles and is handy to have, especially now around halloween when I will be using this for my avatar makeup.

Small Angle E65 – Can be used for cream liner. I absolutely LOVE to use this to fill in brows. It is the perfect combination of soft, yet firm synthetic bristles and fills in the front of my brow soft and even. I prefer this angled brush for brow work over my MAC 266 and my Makeup Up For Ever Brow Brush! It is absolutely THE perfect size, shape, and softness for brow work in my opinion.

Sigma also sent me two other gifts for review. The Sigma dazzle heart pocket mirror in “Pink Safari” and the Flat Top Kabuki. Both products are great for travel and well made. I keep these in my purse for touch ups throughout the day.


Overall I’m really impressed with the quality of sigma brushes and can honestly say that I would purchase a sigma brush over a MAC brush since the price is much more affordable and the quality is just as good in my opinion.

To place your own order go to www.sigmabeauty.com I just purchased the Professional Premium Kit which contains 15 different brushes. It retails for $149, but at the moment, Tiffany, from MakeupByTiffanyD has offered a coupon code where you get $20 off this brush set! Just type in PREMIUM at the checkout. Offer expires October 31st!

Disclaimer: I was sent this product for consideration only. Review is my honest opinion.

Monday, October 18, 2010

REVIEW: Urban Decay Naked Palette


I've been meaning to do this post FOREVER since I got this palette a while ago when it first came out. My review is simple: my favourite palette I own! If you have a hard time finding this palette at your local Sephora, don't worry because they will keep restocking it since it is a permanent item. You get 12 wonderfully pigmented colours, with a variety of finishes, which you can create many different looks with. It is a neutral palette, but you can create smokey night time looks with it as well. You also get a double ended 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil with Zero (black) and Whiskey (brown). I've been using the Zero end so much that I need to go out and buy myself a full size one. It's my favourite black eye pencil EVER (beating out my beloved L'Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil and Stila Eye Kajal)! It stays on all day and doesn't smear or smudge around my eyes. I don't have to touch it up and it looks just as good at the end of the day as it does when I first put it on. The only thing I don't like about this palette is that the casing is covered in velvet and can get dirty really easily.




Sunday, October 17, 2010

REVIEW: Eyeko Cream w/ Extra Glow


I’ve only used Eyeko Nail Polishes before and have yet to try any of their other products so I was excited to try their 3 in 1 cream for moisturizing, highlighting and eye cream. As soon as I opened the jar and swatched it on my skin I couldn’t even imagine using it as an eye cream of face cream. Though I had my doubts, I tried it on my eyes and face and definitely can’t see myself, or anyone, using this as a moisturizer. It made me feel like I was putting Benefit High Beam all over my face. This product has a 6 month expiration date for a large 28 ml/1 fl oz jar. If I use this soley as I highlighter I will not make much of a dent in the product before it expires. As a highlighter, it works well. I like to put this on the tops of my cheek bones to give my face an extra glow. In comparison to Benefits High Beam, I would definitely chose High Beam over Extra Glow. Extra Glow IS more apparent on your skin, more pink, and more chunky than High Beam. High Beam is much easier to blend in and is more subtle.

PRICE: £8.00

PACKAGING: I don't like dipping my fingers in a jar, it's not very sterile. I would prefer this in a squeeze tube.

The past few experiences I have had with Eyeko have been rather disappointing. First I had the problem with the two new nail polishes and now this cream. Have you tried this cream? What are your thoughts?

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for consideration to review. I was not paid for this review, nor am I affiliated with Eyeko. These are my honest opinions.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

REVIEW: Marcelle Power Volume Mascara

I was sent this mascara a couple weeks ago and have been trying it out since. Overall, I'm impressed with how thick and elongating it made my eyelashes. I only needed one coat to get the desired effect I was after, full lashes. Throughout the day it did not flake or smudge which is a BIG plus since a lot of mascaras tend to do this on me. Also, it kept curl well and my eyelashes didn't fall flat. This mascara kinda reminds me of if MAC Zoom Lash and L'Oreal Extra Volume Collagen Mascara had a baby. It has Zoom Lash length and Extra Volume Collagen body. A lot of product comes out on the brush, which can get clumpy, so I recommend swiping off the excess lightly on a paper towel before applying it to your lashes.


In a mascara, I always look for three major things: thickness, length, and separation. My eyelashes were thick, long, however, they were lacking in separation. This problem could be easily solved with one of those rubber spikey brushes, like the brushes Cover Girl uses for their Lash Blast mascaras. To temporarily solve this problem, I just ran an eyelash comb through, but it would still be nice to have all three aspects in the mascara. All-in-all this is a decent mascara, but without the third aspect, separation, it fell a little short for me.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

FOTD: MAC High Tea Lipstick


I went to MAC this past weekend and B2M for MAC High Tea lipstick. I was contemplating between getting Cream Cup, Creme D'Nude and High Tea, but I settled on High Tea. I'm so glad I picked this shade up! Originally I was wearing Viva Glam Cyndi lipstick and Lipglass, but I had to try on High Tea as soon as I got in the car. It is probably the most flattering shade I've ever worn. I was surprised that I liked it so much because it looked quite frosty on my lips upon application (even though it's a Lustre formula). It's moisturizing, long lasting and photographs beautifully! I was thinking how perfect this shade would be for my wedding...or my bridesmaids who will be in Champagne coloured gowns!


FACE:
MUFE Primer
MUFE HD #125
MUFE Lift Concealer #3
MAC MSFN in Medium Dark (dusted lightly over t-zone)
MAC Cream Bronzer in "Beach Bronze"
NYX Cream Blush in "Rose Petal"
MAC Cream Colour Base in "Pearl"

EYES:
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
L'Oreal Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil in Black (waterline)
Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion in "Very Black"

BROWS:
MAC Cork Eyeshadow

LIPS:
MAC High Tea Lipstick

Viva Glam Cyndi Lipstick and Lipglass

Monday, October 11, 2010

Oktoberfest!

Kim Kardashian this year in Munich, Germany celebrating Oktoberfest.
She is wearing a traditional German dress called a Dirndl.

Hey Guys!
This Friday Oktoberfest started and it lasts until Saturday, October 16th. Every year, since I've been legal, I've gone out to celebrate at the events (before I could only go to the parade)! My home town has a HUGE celebration, the second largest in the world next to Munich, and I'm from a german background, so it is one of my favourite times of the year! Whichever venue you decide to attend you will be sure to have an amazing time! Everyone, young and old, comes out to dance, drink, eat and have a good time. This year I headed out with a small group of girls and had a blast dancing to traditional Oktoberfest music as well as retro 80's songs (my favourite).

My friend Rachel and I on opening night.

Do you have an Oktoberfest in your town?

Have you ever been to Munich to celebrate?
(the biggest celebration in the world)



Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

REVIEW: NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in "Stromboli"


"The Immaculate Complexion: NARS reinvents foundation with modern formulations designed to enhance your natural complexion without masking it. This sheer weightless formula glides on effortlessly, blurring imperfections and evening skin tone for the ultimate sophisticated finish that allows your skin’s natural beauty to shine through. NARS’ exclusive complexion brightening formula evens and illuminates kin for an immaculate glow. Can be layered to achieve your desired coverage and finish.

Sheer Glow’s silky fluid delivers immediate hydration, evens skin tone and leaves the skin brighter and more radiant. Used daily, your skin’s texture improves over time, becoming softer, smoother and more luminous. Sheer Glow Foundation provides weightless and buildable coverage, with a natural radiant finish. For normal to dry skin types. Dermatologist tested. Non-comedogenic. Fragrance free."


Directions for use: Start by warming the foundation in the hands. Then, working with the fingers, apply a small amount of foundation in the center of the face and begin pressing the foundation on to the skin.

I've been using this for well over a month now so I feel I can give this foundation a proper review. I tried using this with different brushes and with my fingers, and I found the foundation melts into my skin better with my fingers than with a brush. The consistency is fairly liquidy which makes it easy to blend. I don't have to work hard with the product at all to get it blended in well. As I said previously, it melts right into my skin. This is the sheerest foundation I own, with one layer, but it definitely can be built up to a medium/medium-full coverage. Even though it doesn't give a completely full coverage, my natural skin shines through and has never looked better. I like how my complexion is evened out, yet my freckles still show through looking very natural. In addition to tone, I find my face looks very even in texture (i.e., my pores appear less visible). During and after use, my skin looks and feels incredibly smooth. My face looks dewy/glowy, not greasy or matte. It's the perfect satin finish.

The major downside is that it is very pricey. I would love to use this as my daily foundation, but I just can't justify constantly paying close to $60 CAD with tax per bottle. It would also be nice to have a pump with this foundation, but in all honesty, it doesn't bother me whether a foundation has a pump or not as long as I'm careful when I pour.

Is this a new HG foundation?! Definitely! I would like to get a lighter shade, such as Punjab, and see how my skin looks when I'm less tan. I find my skin looks better when I'm tan than when I'm not tan, so I don't want to attribute any positive changes in my skin to this foundation if it could just merely be all in the self-tanner.

If you like Make Up For Ever HD (like I do), you would definitely love this foundation. I use to think MUFE HD looked invisible on my skin, but NARS Sheer Glow is even better! I have an FOTD using this foundation... you can see how the product looks on my skin by clicking here.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Wedding Update!... the Hall...THE DRESS!

Hey everyone!
This is my first wedding post and I'm really excited to share with you all the things that have been going on in regards to my wedding. My wedding is not for another 9 months (July 23rd, 2011), but planning is in full swing. I will be going to a wedding show at the end of the month where I hope to find a photographer, designer, cake maker...etc. I've decided to share with you the dress I picked out as I have lectured Charles not to go snooping and get a glimpse before the wedding date (it's bad luck hehe).

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A-line, strapless sweetheart neckline, with layered scalloped lace and silk satin arched empire band.
Lace is lightly beaded with Swarovski Crystals
Button up back
Dress will be White not Ivory

I have ordered a long veil with white trim/ribbon around the edge which matches the ribbon under the bust. I have also purchased satin shoes with very little heel which are extremely comfortable, yet stylish. I left them at my parents house and unfortunately I didn't take a picture.

I want my hair half up, half down with loose waves. Kinda like what Jessica Simpson had when she married Nick Lachey.

I have three bridesmaids, my best friends Jasmine, Melissa and Rachel. I'm between 5'6"-5'7" and they are all well over 5'9"! I'm going to have one tall bridal party haha. I picked out strapless, floor length gowns with a small train in the colour champagne. They all look phenomenal in the gown. I've heard of brides who want to make the bridesmaids look like crap so they can look better, but I want them all to look HOT!


I've also picked out the hall. Well, ACTUALLY, my Dad picked out the hall. I went to visit it yesterday when I had my wedding tasting and it is absolutely breathtaking! Good job Dad! I wish I would have taken pictures, but there was a wedding going on at the time so I didn't bother. Here is photo taken off their website:


Food wise we will be having a buffet. Soup will be plated first followed by the buffet where there will be a ton to choose from: rolls, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, sea food tray, caesar salad, greek salad, pasta salad, spring mix, chicken w/ mushroom sauce, prime rib, salmon w/ hollandaise, roast potatoes, rice, cooked seasonal vegetables, various cakes, pastries, pies...etc. It was ridiculous how much food we got to sample at the tasting and the chef sat down with us and discussed everything we choose along with his recommendations. I'm really starting to get excited!

As for design and decor, I have some ideas, but definitely want to hire a decorator. I want to stick with neutral colours white and champagne. I was thinking of having flowers submerged in water vases as centerpieces. Something like this picture below (not these flowers though):

My cousin offered to DJ my wedding for free (booze) with two of his friends. They do clubs in Toronto and it will be nice for my parents to not have to worry about that expense (they are footing the bill). As more and more of the plans get finalized I will keep you updated! I will most likely be having an outdoor gazebo wedding, weather permitting of course, so lets cross our fingers that July 23rd will be sunny (and not too hot since my dress is super heavy haha)!