Sunday, July 29, 2012

Purple Smokey Eye FOTD + Video Tutorial + OOTD

Hey Guys!
It feels like I haven't blogged in FOREVER. I'm happy to be back at it. Blogging has become one of my daily routines and being on vacation and away from the computer for even just a week feels extremely odd to me. I missed you guys!

I have had this video filmed for a couple weeks now and finally edited the footage. I also snapped a few photos after filming. I figured for my first official post back, I should go big. FOTD + OOTD + Video Tutorial?! Hope you enjoy!

Here is a break down of everything I used. If you are interested in achieving this look yourself than be sure to watch my video tutorial above:

Face of the Day

Make Up For Ever Primer
Make Up For Ever HD Foundation #127
Make Up For Ever HD Powder
Hard Candy Glamoflage in Medium (blemishes)
MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW25 (under eyes)
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
MAC Melba blush
MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Whisper of Gilt
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Make Up For Ever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector #3

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Too Cool (all over lid, tear duct highlight)
MAC Digit e/s (lid, lower lash line )
MAC Stars N' Rockets e/s (crease, lower lash line)
MAC Shadowy Lady e/s (outer v, crease, lower lash line)
MAC Soft Brown e/s (blend out harsh lines in crease)
MAC Brule e/s (highlight brow bone)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Perversion
Dior Show Lash Maximizer
YSL Faux Cils Mascara
Ardell Demi Wispie Lashes
MAC Reflects Pearl (lid)

MAC Shy Girl l/s
MAC Wildly Lush l/g

Outfit of the Day

What I'm Wearing:

Heels - Sirens / White Jean Shorts - Winners / Black Chanel Bones Top - Unif

Have a fantastic Day!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Back from Vegas!

Hey Guys!
Just wanted to let you know that I am back from Vegas. I ended up coming home Sunday morning and then Monday was my 1 year wedding anniversary with my husband. Needless to say, I've been quite busy for the past week or so. I have a couple makeup tutorial videos that I have to edit and several blog posts lined up so I will be back in the swing of things this week, I'm slowly getting back into my usual routine. Last week seemed like a dream to me and I still can't believe the trip I had and how much I missed my husband being away. It was so nice to come home and celebrate our 1 year after missing him to pieces. Here is an extremely edited version of what the girls and I got up to in Vegas. I intended to Vlog more, but didn't get around to doing that much filming. Hope you enjoy the video!

Here are some of my favourite photos from the trip:

Monday, July 16, 2012

Vegas for the week... Be back soon!

Hey Guys!
Just wanted to let you know that I will be missing from the blogging world and all other social media sites for the next week as I am traveling to Vegas for one of my BFF's Bachelorette Parties. As you know, last year I ended up going for my Bachelorette with four other ladies. This year, there will just be three of us. I am extremely excited to get away and will be vlogging during my time there. We have a few things we never got around to doing the first time we went, so this time we will make up for it. I hope you all have a fantastic week! I may not be back to blogging for a couple weeks as when I get back, it's my one year anniversary with my husband so we plan on celebrating that as well. 

See you soon!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

MAC Ring of Saturn Mineralize Blush Review + Swatches

Hey Guys!
On July 5th, MAC release a new collection called Heavenly Creature. A ton of mineralized products came out with this collection, blushes included. I have previously reviewed Light Year Mineralize Skinfinish and Pleasureseeker lipstick. This review will focus solely on MAC Mineralize Blush in Ring of Saturn.

"Baked minerals refined into a powder formula to provide exceptionally sheer and lightweight application. Colour builds lightly, layer after layer, without heavy coverage. Veils and enhances the cheekbones with a luminous, pearlized shimmer."

Ring of Saturn is described on the MAC website as a terracotta and gold melange. Ring of Saturn is a limited edition mineralize blush and is currently SOLD OUT online on the US website, but is still available on the Canadian website. For my fellow Canadians who are interested, I would suggest snagging this up soon as I'm sure it will sell out eventually as well. I would also suggest checking your local MAC counter for availability as there is more of a chance the product you want is still available as the collection was just launched on July 5th.

I use to own several MAC Mineralize Blushes, but eventually sold them all in a blog sale. The ones I did previously own were really shimmery, boarding on glittery (which I personally don't care to put glitter on my cheeks). I was really attracted to this blush when I went to the store because it gave more of a sheen to the skin AND the colour was right up my alley and something different to add to my makeup collection. I don't own anything quite like this. When checking out swatches on Temptalia, I was initially attracted to Supernova blush, and passing on all the other blushes, including Ring of Saturn. When I went to my local MAC counter to swatch the blushes, I only ended up with Ring of Saturn because I thought I would get more use out of the colour than I would Supernova. Supernova was really pretty, but I already have a hundred million hot pink blushes.

I mentioned this in my MAC Heavenly Creature video, but I will mention it again: all MAC mineralize products are different and there will be some variation from product to product. Generally, the colour will stay pretty much the same, but my Ring of Saturn has LESS terracotta in it than Temptalia's, which is why I liked this a whole lot more at the store because it wasn't so red. Also, the design pattern will change. If you have the chance to go to your local counter as opposed to ordering online, you can ask the MUA to see the products they have and pick the one you like best based on appearance/design/colour. 

As for product application, mineralize blushes go on effortlessly and are extremely easy to blend. I can skip wearing a highlight when I use this blush because of the gold shimmer throughout which already makes my face glow. I love the sheen that it gives to the skin. As for wear time, this product last me a full 10 hour work day with minimal fading. The colour isn't as vibrant by the end of the day, but it still visible on the cheeks. 

Retail Value: $28.00 CAD 3.2 g / 0.10 oz

Did you pick up any of the Mineralize Blushes from the MAC Heavenly Creature Collection?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

MAC Heavenly Creature Haul

Hey Guys!
I have another video on my YouTube channel! This time I discuss everything I picked up from the MAC Heavenly Creature Collection. Individual reviews to come. Some of the products listed are clickable as they already have a review on my blog so be sure to check those out if you are interested.

Cut-a-Caper Lipstick
Star Wonder Mineralize Skinfinish
Centre of the Universe Mineralize Skinfinish
Ring of Saturn Mineralize Blush

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

MAC Light Year Mineralize Skinfinish Review + Swatches

Hey Guys!
As you know, I hauled several pieces from the MAC Heavenly Creature Collection launched at MAC counters on July 5th. Previously, I reviewed MAC Pleasureseeker Lipstick and this review will focus solely on MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Light Year.

"A luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish. Smoothes on; adds buffed-up highlights to cheeks and brows, or an overall ultra-deluxe polish to the face."

Light year is described on the MAC website as a peachy pink with gold shimmer. Light Year is a limited edition mineralize skin finish which is currently SOLD OUT online, but may still be available at local MAC counters (check availability). 

When MAC releases new Mineralize Skinfinishes, they tend to sell fast. Mineralize Skinfinishes (or MSFs for short) are controversial in the sense that some people love them, while other people hate them. Those who hate them tend to criticize their longevity and their shimmery finish. Those who love them tend to emphasize their multipurpose use, and beautiful finish. I fall into the later category; those who love them. Depending on the Mineralize Skinfinish they can be used as a highlight, blush, or bronzer. MAC even suggests using it as an "all-over polish to the face", but I have never used these for that purpose as I find it would be too much shimmer (I prefer a concentrated highlight). As for the finish, MSFs give a beautiful sheen to the face. I have MSFs which work great as a bronzer for beautiful sun kissed glow, others which work great as a blush or lightly dusted over a blush for added colour/glow, or strictly as a highlight. My favourite MSFs are the ones I can use both as a blush and highlight, which is the case with Light Year! I personally have never had a problem with the longevity of a MSF. True, they do not last as long as, lets say, a matte blush, but they last me a full work day and that's all that matters. As for the claim they accentuate pores, this can be true. Certain MSFs with larger shimmer particles do have the tendency to accentuate porous skin. However, if your pores aren't large to begin with, you shouldn't have a problem. What I also love about Light Year is that you can swirl the entire product together for a beautiful peachy pink golden glow, or you can stick strictly to the edges for a more pink/peach, less golden effect. I enjoy wearing this product both ways. 

Retail Value: $34.00 CAD 10 g / 0.35 oz

Left to Right: Outer portion swatched ONLY, Product swirled together

Will you be picking up Light Year? 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

MAC Pleasureseeker Lipstick Review + Swatches

Hey Guys!
I ended up hauling from the new MAC Heavenly Creature Collection. As you know, I was extremely excited for this collection (i.e., Mineralized Skin Finishes, Lipsticks, and Volcanic Ash Exfoliator). I ended up picking up three MSFs, one mineralized blush, two lipsticks, and two VAE. The first review will focus on one of the lipsticks: MAC Pleasureseeker.

Pleasureseeker has been recently re-released in the Heavenly Creature Collection which launched at counters on July 5th, and several days earlier online. Pleasureseeker is still available for purchase online and has yet to sell out.

Pleasureseeker has a glaze finish so naturally it is on the sheer side. The colour is a creamy peach with subtle warm undertones. Generally, MAC glazes tend to not be as long wearing as other formulas, and this is no exception. The wear time is minimal (about two hours tops), so if you don't mind reapplying often and love peach tone lipsticks, than you may still want to check this out! Pleasureseeker does settle into fine lines (if you have any dryness or dehydration). A good lip balm works wonders to make this glaze look its best. 

As far as the lipsticks in the MAC Heavenly Creature collection are concerned, initially I was dead set on getting Cut-a-Caper  (which I did), but actually ended up liking Pleasureseeker better! I don't have anything quite like this colour in my lipstick collection, so it was a nice edition. I loved this colour so much upon first application, that I ended up going online right away and ordering a backup! I've been wearing this all weekend and can't get enough of the colour. I actually love the fact that this has a semi-sheer glaze finish because it works wonders with my natural lip colour. Naturally I have very pigmented lips and this colour adds a slight wash of peach which really flatters the warm tones in my skin. This has quickly become one of my favourites, if not my favourite lipstick from MAC! I like this colour better than I like MAC Shy Girl and I also love the peach tint so I like it better than my favourite nude, Creme D'Nude. If you are a neutral girl like me, and you love peaches, I HIGHLY suggest you check this colour out! Pleasureseeker was first released in MAC Neo-Sci-Fi Collection.

From Left to Right: MAC Shy Girl, MAC Pleasureseeker (LE), MAC Cut-a-caper (LE), MAC Ever Hip (LE), YSL Rouge Volupte #30, Wet N' Wild #930C, MAC Ravishing, MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE)

Retail Value: $17.50 CAD

I've been wearing this lipstick all weekend and absolutely LOVING it! Here are some pics from Saturday and Sunday. 

Have you tried MAC Pleasureseeker?

Friday, July 6, 2012

Wavy Hair Tutorial + FOTD

Hey Guys!
If you haven't seen already, I posted a new video on my YouTube channel. I finally got around to doing a hair tutorial. This is one of my signature styles that I wear quite often because it takes less than 10 minutes to complete, from start to finish, and lasts me 2-3 days without washing it. The one thing I love about curling/waving my hair is that my hair seems to hold up much longer (i.e., not look greasy). As soon as I straighten my hair, I can barely make it two days without washing it. Yes, there is dry shampoo, but it's just not the same as freshly washed hair, in my opinion. Without further ado, below my first hair tutorial, followed by a few random screen shots and a breakdown of my makeup! Enjoy!

Face Of The Day

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
SMASHBOX Photo Finish Primer
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in "Stromboli"
Make Up For Ever HD Powder
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
NARS Orgasm Blush
MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finish in "Whisper of Gilt"

Make Up For Ever Waterproof Brow Corrector #3

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Urban Decay Bootycall e/s (lid, inner corner)
Urban Decay Tease e/s (crease)
Urban Decay Naked e/s (blend out crease)
Urban Decay Foxy e/s (highlight brow bone)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in "Perversion"
Urban Decay Blackout e/s (set pencil)
Dior Show Maximizer
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara

ELF Lip Conditioner in "Peaceful Pink"