28 Feb 2015

Empties February 2015

Here are my empties for the month! I'll be posting the trashed products that weren't totally used up in a separate post.

Here we go!

L'oreal Voluminous Naturale Mascara
Oh, boy, I used this mascara for way too long but I did love it so. I purchased it at Beautiful Brands in Guelph, Ontario back in the start of November, and it had already been discontinued. It really was a natural, non-gloppy, waterproof, foolproof mascara! I miss it already, but about a week ago I pulled the wand out of the tube and a rancid burning rubber smell hit my nose, so it was time for it to go! Repurchase? If only I could!

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser:  Meh. FAB has so many exciting products and Sephora chooses to send me this? It's boring. The consistency was nice but I hated the smell. It smelled like plastic. It cleaned my face, but not in an absolutely amazing way, and at what cost?
 Purchase? No.

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Pressed Powder: There was barely enough to powder my T-Zone in this sample. It was nice enough.
Purchase? No, I have other, cheaper powders I like better.

Arbonne Calm Daily Gentle Moisturizer: I actually really liked this, it made my skin very soft and wasn't greasy. 
Purchase? No, too expensive.

Sephora Perfume cards- Tory Burch, Chloe Love Story, Gucci Guilty, Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black and White:I got these pull-off perfume cards in a Sephora order and tried them all, but couldn't really get much scent off of them. Tory Burch was nice, though.
 Purchase? No.

Bath and Body Works Mini Mason Jar candles in Watermelon Lemonade, Vanilla Chai, And Gourmet Espresso
My stepdad must have thrown out my empty Gourmet Espresso jar, but I'll use the other two for storing sugar scrubs in the shower so that they don't dry out. The scents- I LOVED Vanilla Chai, it was soft, sweet and spicy. Gourmet Espresso was a bit too sweet and fake-chocolate smelling. Watermelon Lemonade was so strong! It smelled just like a watermelon jolly rancher. I loved it, but my family has banned me from purchasing this scent again.
 Repurchase? I will definitely buy a full-sized Vanilla Chai if it's rereleased!

MAC Naked Honey Body Wash: This took years to use up. I used to save it for special occasions. It's got a very seductive, sexy scent to it that I like- honey and musk. It had a nice lather but I'm not sure it was very good at cleaning, just perfuming.
 Repurchase? I'm not sure if this is available anymore. If it were available as perhaps an eau de toilette I would buy it, but not another body wash.

There are my empties for this month! There weren't many but I swear I've been more diligent in using stuff up. 

Full Size: 2
Deluxe: 3
Samples: 7
TOTAL this year: 12

27 Feb 2015

Review: Laura Mercier Creme Eyeliner in Graphite and Violet

I used to turn my nose up at Laura Mercier. Only normal, boring people use Laura Mercier, I thought. Everything in that line is so colourless, and boring, day-to-day office-job fare.
And then I discovered her eyeliners.

Look at 'em cute little pots!

(L-R) Graphite, Violet

(L-R) Graphite, Violet

Graphite isn't really a gray, more of a green-grey. It's pretty distinctly greenish on the eyes, and the first thing I thought of as soon as I swatched it was Ponyboy from the Outsiders and his eyes that were greyish, but he wished they were green.

Violet is a beautiful royal purple. Once it dries it looks more black, so it takes an up-close look to see that it's purple.

Their consistency is super fluid. It really is a cream more than a gel eyeliner, so they at least got the naming right!

One problem I have every time I wear these, though, is their fluidity. It's hard to get a thick, opaque line with a brush sometimes.

Now, I suck royally at any eyeliner that isn't pencil, but I tried.

Here's a few pictures of Violet on my eyes:

It didn't smudge, I just had to do the wings that way because of my eye shape. These pictures were taken after about 7 hours of wear. This stuff stays for days, and it's a bugger to remove even with makeup remover!

Here's Graphite, pictures taken immediately after application. I accidentally smudged it onto my lid (these take about 3 minutes to fully dry) so no closed-eye pictures.

These stay in my waterline an impressive five hours without irritation. I personally wouldn't tightline with them, though, just because of how wet they are.

These are very nice eyeliners, and I'm impressed with Graphite being as interesting a colour as it is! I haven't really tried many other cream eyeliners so I'm not sure if I can judge against much, but from what I can tell, these are pigmented, manipulable and long-wearing, which is the mark of a good eyeliner! One thing about these is that they tend to go quickly- as the product is so creamy, a lot, and I mean a lot of it is wasted on the brush every time you use it. If you're someone who likes using up things like I do, and only uses cream eyeliner as a special treat, this could be swell! But if you're someone who uses cream eyeliner as a daily staple, Laura Mercier creme eyeliners could become an expensive habit to break.

What's your favourite type of eyeliner?

What's in My Travel Makeup Bag?

I have quite a busy weekend planned! Saturday I'm waking up early to go to Manitoulin Island to check on the family trailer- then as soon as I get home, I'm going to my friend Jen's sleepover party! We'll spend the night partay-ing, then my friend Kassidy will be picking me up at six AM Sunday and we're travelling seven hours to go to Brock University's open house and then back home again in the same day.

Whew! But the real important question is: what makeup am I going to bring?

Here is my little bag, in all of its tiny cute glory.

However, it sure can hold a lot of stuff!

Ta-da! Would you believe this all fit in there?

Here's what I'm bringing to do my makeup:

Smashbox 24 Hour Shadow Primer deluxe sample: I've been working through this for about a month and a half. It's small but not as messy as those Urban Decay card samples, so in it goes!

Too Faced Jingle All the Way phone palette: Indispensable. Contains both neutral and coloured eyeshadows, highlight shades, a blush and a bronzer.

Color Institute small shadow brush: My favourite all-purpose eye brush!

Wet N Wild Megalast lipstick in In the Flesh: bought specifically for this trip. None of my longwearing lipsticks are natural colours- they're all bright purple, pink or orange. So I "needed" this! I'll be running around campus all day so I don't want to worry about my lipstick wearing or smudging off.

Maybelline Master Conceal in Fair: Usually I'd forgo this, but I have a really bad patch of hyperpigmentation on my cheek right now so I'm bringing it. It's a small tube anyway!

GOSH Defining Brow Gel in 003: I don't have room for my huge brow compact and brush, so I'll bring this. It's also better than bringing a pencil because my brows may be wacky after passing out in the car.

Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in Cream: I use this everyday, no way I'm leaving it behind!

Quo Buffing brush: will be used to apply my powder, blush and bronzer.

I'm looking forward to this trip and hope you enjoyed this snoop through my tiny bag! What's your one must-have vacation item, even if it's only a day-trip?

Review: Joe Fresh Longwear Liquid Lipstick in Baie Sauvage

Do you ever have a brand that tends to be hit-and-miss for you, but you irrationally love anyway? For whatever reason, the brand that receives my irrational love is Joe Fresh cosmetics.

The first product I ever tried from them is this Longwear Liquid Lipstick in the shade Baie Sauvage (which is French for redberry, or mixed berry or something).

It claims up to 6 hours of wear and comes with a flat-edge, rounded-top sponge applicator.

Baie Sauvage is an electric neon purple that's guaranteed to turn heads.

It's a lot more wearable than it first appears, though, so don't be shy! On application it's thin and smells kind of vinegar-y, just like my Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick. It takes about two even coats to get full opacity. Dry-down takes about two minutes, and then you've got a cream appearance rather than liquid.

Does it last six hours, though? Honestly, I don't think so. This reminds me more of a lip cream than an actual liquid lipstick; it feels slightly cushiony on the lips and will transfer onto things. So, if you're, say, in school for six hours and don't do much talking/eating/drinking/nail-biting, then this will definitely last six hours. If you've got stuff to do, then no, you're going to have to reapply.

I think it's definitely worth it, though, for such gorgeous colour. I really do love this lipstick, and I may pick up a few more. It's worth noting that I do like Kat Von D's a lot better, but these are good and also 8 dollars.

I own lots of Joe Fresh but this holds a special place in my heart for being the first. The alpha. My sun, my moon and my neon purple stars.

Okay, it's a nice lip cream in an awesome colour. If you're ever in a Loblaws, YIG or Real Canadian Superstore, I recommend you check out the Joe Fresh cosmetics display! 

26 Feb 2015

Face of the Day with Shiro Cosmetics

Today, I learned something important: loose eyeshadows are suffering. I am not good at using them whatsoever. However, I'm going to show you my attempt at a look today. 

Here are the products I used:

Maybelline Master Conceal in Fair
Essence sun club all in one highlighting bronzing powder in Light/blonde 
-Maybelline Dream Matte powder in Cream
-theBalm Mary Lou Manizer
-The Body Shop All in One Cheek Colour in Bubblegum

Ardell Brow Powder in Medium Dark
Elf Makeup Mist & Set for foiling
Smashbox 24 hour shadow primer
Shiro eyeshadows in Evolve, Champion, and I Understood that Reference
Benefit They're Real Mascara
Maybelline Great Lash coloured Mascara in I See Blue

Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Rhubarb

Here's how this looks. 

I applied Evolve in the inner corner, I Understood That Reference all over the lid, and Champion in the crease. It was suffering. So much fallout. Covered whole face in concealer to hide it. Applied They're Real to top lashes and the Maybelline mascara to the bottom. 

I applied at 7 am and by 1pm, it had faded, so I reapplied. 

It was a bit less even the second time around, with Champion in the inner lid. 

Overall pleased with the effect, but not with the amount of struggle it took to get there. I'll be practicing more at home. 

Does anyone have tips on how to apply loose shadows? I'm crap at it so far!

Review: Flower Cosmetics Sheer Up Lip Tint in Dewy Rose

My friend was generous enough to get me this for Christmas, and I'm just reviewing it now! Here is Flower Cosmetics' Sheer Up Lip Tint in Dewy Rose.

It's a chubby lip pencil that's nearly identical in size and shape to the Revlon Balm sticks, but the packaging is a bit less substantial. The logo is cute, though, printed in gold and evoking all sorts of 1920's flair.

Though the product is called Sheer Up, there's nothing sheer about it. Dewy Rose is a bold candy red. It's slightly waxy, hard and draggy in consistency but not in a bad way- in a way that makes it last a lot longer than your average chubby lip pencil.

It's got a bit of a shiny finish and the pigmentation of a lipstick. It's fun and cute. I don't know if I'd pay full price for it (more expensive than Revlon's) but if you see this on sale then go ahead and pick one up! It's easy to apply and lasts for hours!

Nice job, Drew Barrymore! You've gotten me interested in trying more of your cosmetics after the general success of this and your highlighter chubby. I hope whatever I pick up next is just as good as this Sheer Up Lip Tint!

25 Feb 2015

Review: Wet N Wild 8 Pan Palette in Comfort Zone

You know, for something that is the first neutral palette I ever bought, this thing isn't very neutral. It is, however, a diverse but approachable collection of good-quality eyeshadow. I wouldn't say that the quality of this is on par with Urban Decay, but definitely Too Faced, if a bit denser.

The Comfort Zone has eight shadows arranged in two "looks"; therefore, each look is organized into four categories: browbone, eyelid, crease and definer. I wouldn't recommend using them in the order specified, but for the sake of this review I'm going to show you what that looks like later on.

Here is what I'm going to say is look 1.

Browbone is a shimmering straw colour. It tends to be a bit powdery.

Eyelid is shimmery butterscotch. The texture of this one is very impressive and smooth.

Crease is a medium warm brown satin. This one is a bit stiffer than Eyelid, so I reccomend using a densely-packed pencil brush to apply it.

Definer is a charcoal with red-brown microglitter.

And Look 2:

Browbone is a gorgeous champagne. It's got a cool greenish undertone to it and it has the best texture of the whole palette, soft and blendable.

Eyelid is a light moss green.

Crease is a dry stiff black with gold glitter. I don't tend to touch this one.

Definer is my favourite shade of the palette. It's a breathtaking duochrome similar to MAC's Club; warm copper brown with an electric blue shift. It's amazing and smooth.

And here's some blurry-ish pictures of me trying to do the Looks as prescribed.

Here's Look 1 with the Browbone, Eyelid, Crease and Definer shades all placed where they ought be:

And here's Look 2.

Here's both of them together. Yes, I was lazy (no; safety conscious! I did like 11 eye looks today for the blog) and only did one eye of each.

Here's some examples of how I actually use this palette.

Look 2's Definer all over the lid:

Look 2's Browbone and Eyelid on the lid and Look 1's Definer in the outer V:

Look 1's Browbone and Eyelid blended on the lid:

The looks you can do with this palette are virtually endless and frankly it's a must-have for any makeup beginner or lover! This is the palette I first really learned how to properly apply and blend eyeshadow with, and I love and recommend it oh so very much!
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