28 Apr 2015

Review: Marcelle Rouge Xpression Lipstick in Cleopatra

I'm a little late to the party, but the CBB's brand of the month for April is Marcelle! I realized that I'd never even tried the brand before (I always thought the price point was a bit high for drugstore) but in the name of supporting a Canadian brand, I bit the bullet and picked up three of their Rouge Xpression lipsticks. Today I'll be reviewing Cleopatra.

Those who know me know that any makeup product name to do with history or geography is something I can't resist (I also picked up Paris Rose!)

The tube itself is thin plastic... it actually seems rather flimsy. The design is traditional, but in less of a classy way and more of an old-lady way.

However, the product inside is pure gorgeous.

Cleopatra is the colour of crushed raspberries.

The shade is infinitely flattering. I love it! The texture is light and creamy, and lasts up to 4 hours. It's not drying in the slightest, and fades evenly. Marcelle prides themselves in being hypoallergenic and not using any fragrance in their products. I like this, because other perfectly good lipsticks have been ruined for me by fragrance (looking at you, Rimmel and Maybelline).

A close-up so you can see the gorgeous.

This lipstick is impressively amazing! Next time I'm on the hunt for a lipstick, Marcelle is the first place I'll look.

26 Apr 2015

Review: GOSH Trio Eyeshadow in Tropic Fever

Remember when I reviewed the GOSH eyeshadow trio in Limelight and wished it had been a bit brighter?

Well, meet Limelight's bolder sister, Tropic Fever. It contains three shadows that are on the powdery side, all shimmery and nicely pigmented.

Shadow 1 is a bright shimmery banana yellow.

Shadow 2 is a shimmering cerulean.

Shadow 3 is an acid green.

These shadows go beautifully together- the only problem I've encountered is that when you blend Shadow 2 into Shadow 1, it turns green! 

In all of these pictures I'm wearing all three shadows.

In this look, the blue blended right into the yellow to create a green.

In this look I lined my top and bottom lashlines with the blue shade.

Here I tried to do a spotlight-effect with the yellow. 

These shadows fade after five hours without a white base, and ten with. I use the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk. 

If you can find this trio, pick it up! It's gorgeous and has become one of my most frequently used shadow trios/palettes.

22 Apr 2015

Guest Post: Pastel Polishes from Trysh!

Hi guys! This is Trysh from Prairie Beauty Love and I'm really excited to guest post here about my favorite spring pastel nail polishes as a part of the Canadian Beauty Bloggers Network!

For me, one of the most exciting parts of spring is that I can shop my own collection for products that have been shelved over the winter, particularly all of those colourful nail polish shades that I always tuck away when the weather gets cold. Since the theme this month is all about pastels, I decided I would shop my own collection and show you guys some of my favorite pastels that I can't wait to bust out this spring.

RIMMEL London 60 Seconds Nail Polish in I Lilac You
The RIMMEL 60 Second polishes are some of my favorites at the drugstore and this has been the spring/summer standout of that line for me. This is just a really classic lilac créme shade that is opaque in 2 coats and dries incredibly quickly.

PURE ICE Nail Polish in Bikini
PURE ICE tends to really kill it when it comes to the formulations of their pastel polishes and I tend to pick them all up these days. This is a very pretty, milky pastel blue shade that leans just a little bit grey. Something about this shade reminds me of a rainy day. Anyway, this formula is great as far as pastels go, it's completely opaque in 2 coats and I've never had to fuss with getting it even and level.

PURE ICE Nail Polish in Home Run
This is another PURE ICE pastel favorite. I feel like every woman needs a classic, pale mint green in their collection and this is a great one. I feel like a broken record, but this is opaque in 2 coats and very even. Honestly, this is probably my favorite shade of the bunch. Ever tried mint green on your toes? I feel like it's not an obvious choice, but it's really adorable.

JULEP Nail Color in Leila
Yellow nail polish is notorious for being hard to work with and pretty much terrible. For me, this kind of breaks that mold. This is a pale yellow polish with a really subtle, beautiful shimmer that really catches the light. I also suspect that the shimmer makes the polish easier to work with. It's a little streaky on the first coat, but I can usually get it smooth and opaque in 2 coats. This can be a hard shade with a lot of skintones, including my own, so I tend to reserve this one for accent nails.

JULEP Nail Color in Cassie
This is my absolute perfect peach shade. The formula on this polish is more of a crelly, which I think lends itself to looking really natural on the skin. A lot of peach nail polishes in créme finishes can look stark and a little awkward sometimes, but this is just a no brainer. It does take a little bit more building for full opacity, but I actually find that with just one or two coats it gives a really nice finish to the nails even without full opacity. I especially recommend this for people who work in offices, because it's not quite nude but I can't imagine anyone ever being put off by this.

Thanks for reading and thanks to Megan for having me! 

Happy Spring!

{Megan: Thanks so much, Trysh! Those swatches look gorgeous and I'm craving those Julep polishes!}

14 Apr 2015

Megan Takes on the Trends: Marsala

It's a surprise I put this off so long! Today I'm shopping my existing stash of makeup for the Pantone 2015 colour of the year- Marsala!

When it was first revealed, I wasn't sure how to feel about it. It was so boring and not-me after the amazing Radiant Orchid of the past year. But I resolved to make it work.

Still, I haven't gone seeking out anything Marsala in particular. This is what I have:

A measly four products!

I have the Maybelline Eyestudio Baked Shadow duo in Sinful Sinnamon (the left shade, obviously.)

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk (a bit of a stretch, I know.)

Flower Cosmetics Colour Play Creme Eyeshadow in Awesome Blossom, which looks more Marsalesque in the jar than on the arm or eyes.

And I also have Maybelline Creamy Matte lipstick in Touch of Spice.

(L-R) Sinful Sinnamon (left shade), Pomegranate Punk, Awesome Blossom, Touch of Spice

And here they are all slapped onto my face. The eye look didn't turn out too well, I applied Pomegranate Punk and layered Awesome Blossom on top, and it became a creasy mess within minutes. Touch of Spice is on my lips and I used Sinful Sinnamon as a blush/highlighter.

I might start using this eyeshadow as a blush in the future because it looks so good! How do you feel about Marsala?

13 Apr 2015

Review: NYX Butter Lipstick in Little Susie

Here's another product that was saved last-minute from the garbage pile and given a second chance. I bought this NYX Butter Lipstick in Little Susie because I liked the colour and I'd heard raves about them before- but then, after applying it once, decided it was too patchy and clingy and promptly tossed it into the "don't like" bin.

The packaging is kind of cheap, but I like how it shows the colour of the lipstick. This shade is Little Susie. The name kind of skeeves me out. Would anyone mind telling me what it's a reference to? I seriously don't get it and just find it kind of creepy.

The tip of the lipstick comes curved like this, which again I don't really like because I have rather thin lips.

Little Susie is a the colour of rosewater.

The lipstick is buildable- sheer and a little milky in one swipe, and full coverage in a few. It has a light consistency.

Doesn't it look scrumptious on the lips? It has a very nice finish. I catch none of the "yummy" scent people describe, though, which is probably good for me since I prefer unscented lip products.

It isn't even setting into lip lines here! After a while it settles to a satin finish.

Eee, so pretty. I find that this lipstick lasts very well, too- about four hours and then it leaves a stain.

I need to stop judging stuff so quickly!

12 Apr 2015

Review: Wet N Wild Silver Lake Collection- California Roll Eyeshadow Palette

Imagine my surprise when I walked into a Rexall in Sault Ste. Marie (I just accepted Algoma University's offer of admission!) and saw all of the Wet N Wild LE Silver Lake palettes sitting there in front of me. I panicked and bought all of them, but today I'll just be reviewing the one I was the most excited about, California Roll.

This palette contains six mostly-bright shades. You can see why I was so excited! 

Usually I'd number the swatches, but I think y'all can tell what order I'm going in.

Shadow 1 is a butter-coloured shimmer.

Shadow 2 is a shimmery beachy colour with silver glitter.

Shadow 3 is a lime green satin with silver glitter. It's rather dry.

Shadow 4 is a satin peach with an extremely powdery, chalky consistency.

Shadow 5 is a beautiful blue-teal shimmer, the colour of tropical waters. Sadly, it's not as impressive on the eyes as it is on the arm.

Shadow 6 is a powdery red satin. It's more orange toned than blue. 

Now.... this palette is not as good as it swatches. Let me show you my first attempt to wear it.

As soon as I put it on (sorry for the low quality pictures in this post, by the way.) I tried to use all the colours and it was a freaking pain. They wouldn't blend- they'd get muddy when I tried and if I ran the brush over my eyelid again, the shadows would lift off of my eyelid, leaving me with bald patches. But I figured I had cobbled a look together, at least.

This is that same look, I kid you not, an HOUR later. MUD. Not happy. I even used my Smashbox eye primer!

I took it all off and started over, this time only using the shimmery highlight shades and the peach.

Doesn't look too bad...

And here it is an hour later. In my haste I had forgotten to use primer...

And the whole shebang creased off my lid.

Not to be defeated, I tried again with just the green shades. My results were a lot more successful and it didn't fade or crease or turn muddy. *Billy Joel voice* Don't ask me why.

Ta-daaa. A lot better.

Another day, I picked up this palette and resolved to use it again. This time, I used my Smashbox primer AND NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk. Like the first try, I used all of the colours in the palette. This look was a lot more successful, but still pretty hard to apply. You can see it's not terribly well-blended.

Granted, it looks a lot better when I open my eyes.

This look lasted me the whole day with only minimal fading.

The bottom line: though this palette is priced for beginners, that's not the intended audience. If you've got a good shadow primer, and a white base, and a whole lot of patience/skill, go ahead and grab this. I grabbed it because I'm a collector, so while I'm not entirely disappointed I bought it, it's a total miss because of how un-user friendly it is. I wouldn't recommend this palette.

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