Saturday, September 29, 2012

September Favourites!

Hey Guys!
Here are my favourite products for the month of September! Hope you enjoy! Let me know what some of your favourite products were from this past month in the comments below.




Monday, September 24, 2012

Weekend in Toronto FOTD + VLOG



Hey Guys!
I snapped a few photos of my makeup I wore to Toronto to see UFC 152. I always bring my Urban Decay Naked Palettes when I travel because they are extremely convenient and have every shade I could possibly want to create a neutral day or smokey night look. I also vlogged a little bit so if you are interested in seeing my time in Toronto, be sure to check out the video at the end of this post. Hope you enjoy!



FACE:
Make Up For Ever HD Primer
Make Up For Ever HD Foundation #127
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
MAC Mighty Aphrodite Blush Duo
MAC Perfect Topping MSF
MAC Studio Finish Concealer NW25
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

BROWS:
Make Up For Ever Waterproof Eye Brow Corrector #3


EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Urban Decay Half Baked e/s
Urban Decay Foxy e/s
Urban Decay Naked e/s
Urban Decay Buck e/s
NARS Mekong e/s
MAC Feline Eye Kohl
Urban Decay Blackout e/s
MAC Teddy Eye Kohl
Dior Show Lash Maximizer
Dior Show Mascara
Ardell Demi Wispies


LIPS:
MAC Pleasureseeker l/s
NYX Smokey Look l/g

Scarf: Burberry
Sunglasses: Chanel



Thursday, September 20, 2012

MAC Pro Sculpting Cream in Pure Sculpture Review + Swatches

Hey Guys!
I haven't heard many people talk about the new Pro Sculpting Creams that MAC recently released in the Face & Body Collection. I was casually browsing though the MAC website and noticed this new product. I've heard, but never used, the Pro Sculpting Powders, so I was really excited to see cream versions of the same idea since I don't own anything like it. One thing I have to mention is that the colour selection is terrible. If you happen to find a colour that will work for you, you probably will love this product. However, I find that the undertones for these are off as well as the shade range. There are extremely light shades, pure sculpture falls in the middle, and then extremely dark shades. I ended up purchasing Pure Sculpture because the other shades were too light or too dark, despite wanting a different undertone. Pure Sculpture is described as a neutral pink beige, but I find it to learn more to the warm side than being neutral. I wish they would have turned the Pro Sculpting Powder shades into creams and kept the names, colours, and undertones consistent with those products instead of coming up with completely different versions in cream form. Even with all this said, I am completely in LOVE with this product and the colour seems to work well, despite my hesitation, with my NC30-40 skin tone. 



"A cream-to-powder formula, for sculpting and shaping key features. Silky-smooth, easy-to-blend and neutrally-shaded. Apply where extra dimension is needed, eyelids included. Provides moist, skin-soothing, natural-looking, sheer-to-medium buildable coverage." - www.maccosmetics.com


Regular swatch vs. blended out swatch
Formula: The formula is perfect. It isn't too thick or too thin. It is creamy and effortless to blend. The colour is buildable and provides my skin tone (NC30-40) with an extremely natural defined contour. Typically I find cream products harder to work with than powders, but this product is an exception. I would actually recommend this cream product to beginners as opposed to a powder because it is so easy to blend into the skin and given the right colour choice, you can achieve an extremely natural, yet defined contour. MAC states this product is a "cream-to-powder" but I don't find it to dry powdery in the slightest. For those with normal/dry skin, you would benefit the most from this product because it dries natural with a slight sheen. If you are into satin/dewy skin, this product will work with your foundation to achieve that. In terms of wear time, this product holds up all day without any signs of fading.

At first glance, I thought Pure Sculpture looked similar in colour to my Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronze Universsel, but when swatched side-by-side, Chanel was noticeably more tan/brown based whereas the pink in Pure Sculpture became more apparent. 

Application: My favourite brush to apply this product with is the Sigma F84 Angled Top Kabuki. I like this brush because it works great with cream products and the angle is perfect for sculpting the face. It was a no-brainer picking this brush for this product because I previously used it with my Chanel Bronze Universel with great results.

Packaging: The packaging is standard for MAC. Like cream colour bases, cream blushes, regular blushes...etc., the product is housed in a black compact with see-through lid. The pan is removable and can be depotted if desired.

6 Shades Available: Accentuate, Naturally Defined, Pure Sculpture, Coffee Walnut, Copper Beach, Richly Honed

Retail Value: $24.00 CAD for 5 g / 0.17 US oz


FACE:
Tarte Primer
NARS Sheer Glow in Stromboli
MAC Pro Sculpting Cream in Pure Sculpture
MAC Pink Cult Blush
Hard Candy Glamoflage Concealer in Medium
MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW25

BROWS:
MAC Espresso e/s


EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Urban Decay Sin e/s
Urban Decay Naked e/s
Urban Decay Buck e/s
Urban Decay Virgin e/s
MAC Feline Eye Kohl
DiorShow Lash Maximizer
Benefit They're Real Mascara
Maybelline The Falsies Flared Mascara

LIPS:
MAC Pure Zen l/s



I will be featuring a How to: Contour, Blush, and Highlight video on my YouTube channel featuring this product. If you are interested in seeing my tutorial, be sure to subscribe as it will be one of my next, if not my next, videos I post!

Are you interested in trying the Pro Sculpting Creams?


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

MAC Coral Bliss Lipstick Review + Swatches

Hey Guys!
MAC recently released some new permanent shades of lipstick featuring a cremesheen plus pearl finish. I ended up picking up Pure Zen and the lipstick I will be reviewing here: Coral Bliss. MAC describers Coral Bliss as a frosted light coral. When applied, it looks glossy, but not as glossy as Ever Hip. It reminds me a lot of Cut A Caper, but less opaque and slightly less pink. Since the colour reminds me a lot of Cut-A-Caper, I would rather MAC just make Cut-A-Caper permanent as it has much better pigmentation. With this said, this colour of coral is my favourite colour of lipstick to wear so there is no doubt in my mind that this will get plenty of use. If you missed out on Cut-A-Caper, definitely check out Coral Bliss as it is now a permanent shade. 



Coral Bliss lasts 3-4 hours on my lips before I need to reapply. I really love the glossy effect this lipstick gives without having to apply a gloss overtop. Below are swatches of Coral Bliss compared to other MAC lipsticks I have in my collection.


Retail Value: $18.00 CAD 3 g / 0.1 US oz

Have you tried any of the MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Lipsticks?


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Paul Mitchell Extra-Body Firm Finishing Spray Review


Hey Guys!
After watching both Jessica Burciaga's and Ramona Michelle's hair tutorials with Etienne Ortega, I decided I needed more Paul Mitchell hair products in my life. I already had the gloss drops Etienne used in both videos, but I had yet to try the Extra Body Mousse and the Extra-Body Firm Finishing Spray. I'm in love with both products, but if I had to recommend only one, I would say get the hair spray over the mousse as I feel it does the most for my hair. 


What it does:
Provides all-day hold with maximum volume
Adds high shine, fullness and texture
Fights frizz in any climate and protects hair from sun damage
Thickening ingredients grip every strand for added volume and texture



Lately I've been using my Croc Hybrid 1 1/4" Curling Iron to create loose curls. I let the hair spray work its magic on creating volume by flipping my head over, spraying my hair lightly and then flipping it back and I have MASSIVE volume. The only other time my hair looks this big is when I apply my Foxy Locks Hair Extensions. No extensions were needed to create the volume I'm looking for! I am extremely blown away by this hair spray. The product is fairly pricey. I don't think I have ever spent so much on a hair spray before. I ended up purchasing this at Trade Secrets for 20% off $29.95 since they were having a sale on Paul Mitchell hair products. Though it is expensive, it is well worth the price, in my opinion, and I will continue to repurchase this until I find a replacement, if/when that ever happens. Not only does it give incredible volume, but it gives long lasting volume as well. My hair stays full and lush all day and doesn't fall flat. Also, the product smells good and you don't need to spray a lot of product in order for it to do its job!


Retail Value: $29.95 for 11 oz.

The Results:




I can't get enough of this hair spray! I also used this product last night when I went to Niagara Falls for one of my besties birthdays.


I'm in love!
The cheap, sleazy hotel we checked into actually had a heart shaped tub in our room. I didn't know these things actually existed! LOL Had to have a photoshoot...obviously

Have you tried Paul Mitchell hair products before?


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Red-E To Go Instant All-in-One Hair Treatment

Hey Guys!
I am really excited to share with you a product that has quickly become my HG hair treatment. I have yet to see any Blogger or YouTube Guru mention this product in a post/video. I always like to be one of the first to get a product out there to the public. The product I will be reviewing for this post is: 

What It Does:
Controls frizz
Promotes silkiness
Eliminates split ends
Curtails hair breakage
Locks and seals in color
Acts as a shine enhancer
Nourishes dry damaged hair
Accentuates hair's natural body
Acts as a flat & curling iron thermal protector

Simple to Use:  
Shampoo and condition hair as usual, towel dry, completely spray hair with product and comb out. Style and blow dry as desired. 
Ingredients:Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Propylene Glycol, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Cyclomethicone, Chamomilia Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Uritica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Quatermium-80, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance, Citric Acid

After use, my hair is EXTREMELY silky soft, shiny, light, yet full of body. My hair only ever feels this good after a fresh cut, but typically has far less body than this product gave me. I am enamoured. I cannot stress to you enough how incredibly SILKY and shiny this makes my hair look without weighing it down in the slightest. I will put this in my hair and let it air dry or use it prior to blow drying as it can act as a thermal protector as well! My hair has never felt or looked so good with a single product, especially with blow drying. This is one product that lives up to the claims!

Typically I use a combination of Moroccan Oil and TreSemme Heat Tamer Spray in my hair prior to blow drying, but I can honestly say I won't be using either. I will still use Moroccan Oil from time to time, but I feel as though this product does everything I could ever want a product to do for the overall quality and health of my hair. As far as hot tools, I will still continue to use my TreSemme Heat Tamer Spray because the Red-E To Go is far too thick of a formula to be used before straightening or curling hair. The formula isn't as thick in consistency as a cream, but isn't as thin as a liquid spray either, therefore it wouldn't' be the best product to use RIGHT before straightening or curling hair. I guess you could use this before using hot tools, but you would have to wait for your hair to soak up the product first before applying heat. The TreSemme Heat Tamer protects, but dries very fast. This product would definitely take a bit longer, but that is why I apply it at night, prior to bed, or blow drying. The product isn't too heavy that it will weigh down thin hair and isn't too light to not nourish dry, damage hair. In my opinion, the consistency is perfect. 

As for the packaging, it is pretty standard. The spray nozzle works well and doesn't get clogged up. Did I mention this hair treatment smells amazing?!


Retail Price: $19.99 for 8 fl. oz. at www.folica.com


Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for consideration to review by Folica.com. As always, these are my honest opinions.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

MAC Viva Glam Nicki Lipglass Review + Swatches



Hey Guys!

MAC Viva Glam Nicki lipstick (click link to see review) has been around for several months now and it seems like I've been waiting, what seems like forever, for the lipglass counterpart to become available. After patiently waiting, MAC Viva Glam Nicki lipglass is finally here!


"Pay homage to Her Minajesty with a new limited-edition Lipglass in hot pink. Wear it alone or pair it with VIVA GLAM Lipstick for a perfectly glossed look." - MAC


Viva Glam Nicki lipglass is a limited edition shade which is described on maccosmetics.com as "hot pink". This is a beautiful warm toned lipstick with yellow undertones, perfect for us NC ladies. Like the lipstick, the lipglass is vibrant, yet surprisingly more wearable. The formula is very creamy and has MAC's signature vanilla scent. 



Initially, I picked up MAC Force of Love lipglass (click the link to see review) which came out with Chenman Love & Water Collection because I thought it was very similar to VG Nicki lipstick. Force of Love has a shimmer to it, but is a slightly darker version of Nicki lipstick, whereas Nicki lipglass I found to be slightly lighter. If Viva Glam Nicki lipstick was just a little too vibrant for you, but you still loved the colour, you may want to consider giving the lipglass counterpart a try because it is even more wearable. Like most lip glasses, this lasted about 4-5 hours on my lips. The colour is mostly opaque and settled slightly into the lines on my upper lip. My upper lip is slightly more wrinkled? Does anyone else have this issue? LOL. 

The packaging itself is standard, except for Nicki Minaj's signature being scribbled across the tube. The box also has her signature in red on the packaging. I always keep special edition packaging that I like (i.e., Viva Glam Nicki, Gaga, Cyndi, Wonder Woman, Venomous Villains...etc.). I know I will never have any use for them, but it's the makeup hoarder inside of me that needs to set these aside for the future. I don't know what the future could be involving these empty boxes, but maybe I will build a tower one day... LOL If that happens, I'll be sure to take a picture.

Retail Value: $18 CAD for 4.8 g / 0.17 US oz

Viva Glam Nicki Lipstick vs. Lipglass


Viva Glam Nicki Lipglass



Viva Glam Nicki Lipstick + Lipglass

I love buying Viva Glam products because EVERY cent from the sale goes toward helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.