9.12.2014

Current Favourite Lipstick.


Does anyone have one of this lipsticks that you could wear all the time, and with anything? Today I thought I would do a quick post sharing the lipstick that I have been loving lately.



Admittedly, it is nothing new, or super special, but just really easy to wear. The lipstick in question in MAC's Plink!;  a lustre formulation. It gives a really nice subtle pink sheen to the lips, and has a subtle frosted finish. It find it just helps to polish off any look that I may be wearing.



What is your go-to lipstick at the moment?

7.21.2014

Budget Buy: Revlon Color Stay Moisture Stain

Revlon Color Stay Moisture Stains: Barcelona Nights, Cannes Crush

Today I wanted to share with you the newest lipsticks in my makeup bag: Revlon's Color Stay Moisture Stains. These are meant to apply to the lips like a lipgloss and leave a stain behind once the gloss has worn off, as well as provide moisture to the lips.

The new range comes in several different shades and the shades that I decided to pick up were Cannes Crush and Barcelona Nights. Cannes Crush is bright orange-coral shade, while Barcelona Nights is a really rich raspberry color. I purchased mine at Wal-mart for $10.96 CAD each.

When I first swatched these stains, I was actually a little bit worried. The swatches came out streaky and slightly chunky (ick, I know). But after you have applied them and rubbed your lips together, they actually look and feel nice.

Revlon Color Stay Moisture Stains

The glossy part of this product actually lasts quite a long time; I managed to eat and drink and still looked nice afterwards. The stain however, lasts hours after application and my lips felt moisturized even after the gloss had worn off.

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Cannes Crush

This product does have quite a different applicator than you would find on most lip glosses/stains, and it works quite nicely with the product. It is a large triangular applicator, similar in function to a doe foot applicator.  

I should also mention that these lip stains do have a bit of a smell to them when you first put them on, it actually reminds me of children's finger paints. Don't worry though, I don't find that the scent lingers at all. 

Overall, I think that this is another hit for Revlon and I am enjoying them!

Have you tried these lip stains yet? What are your thoughts on them?



7.16.2014

Splurge: YSL Rouge Volupté Shine


Splurge Alert!! I recently purchased this YSL Rouge Volupté Shine lipstick as a treat on my Birthday. At $39.00 CAD this will certainly not be a "get-it-in-every-colour" sort of purchase, but it was definitely worth the splurge. The shade that I picked up is number 8, called "Pink in Confidence." I would describe it is a light berry pink colour with a subtle hint of shimmer. 

The consistency of these lipsticks is really smooth and creamy, probably the best way to describe them would be as a a high-shine lip-glaze. Very similar to a liquid lipstick formula but thinner. It has really good pigmentation, but not extremely opaque. I would also say that they last a decent amount of time on the lips, and after shine of the lipstick has worn off, a nice stain is left behind.




Furthermore, because of the smooth and creamy consistency, they are really moisturizing as well. The lipstick has a slight sweet scent to it. I don't find the scent to be overpowering or to linger, so I am sure individuals with scent sensitivities wouldn't have a problem with it either. 

Have you tried the YSL RVS lipsticks? Do you have any other colours to recommend?

7.15.2014

My Most Used Spring +Summer Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in 'Luminous Flush'


Today I thought I would share my most used spring and summer blush of 2014 thus far: one of Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting blushes. These blushes are a combination of the previously released Ambient Lighting Powders and blush pigments. The shade that I chose to purchase is called Luminous Flush. It is a mixture of a champagne coloured powder and rose pigment. The addition of the Ambient Lighting Powders to the blush is supposed to help make them multi-dimensional.  There are six different shades within the range and they are a part of the permanent collection. Each blush retails for  $41.00 CAD and can be purchased at Sephora. 

When swatched, the blush is very soft and buttery, and not at all chalky or streaky. It has good pigmentation and lasts all day on my cheeks. You always know that you are wearing quality products when you come home after a long day and your makeup is still intact!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush swatch of 'Luminous Flush'


I especially love this blush color as it goes with almost any look and is so easy to throw on. It gives that perfect "flushed" look to the cheeks. I am really looking forward to picking up more of these blushes and can't recommend them enough!

What blushes have you been loving this summer? Any other Hourglass products to recommend?




7.14.2014

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream


The IT Cosmetics, Your Skin But Better CC Cream is designed to be a full coverage CC Cream foundation that is brightening, has an anti-aging hydrating serum, and has an SPF of 50. The product  comes in 5 different shades and retails for 38.00 USD for 1.08 fl. oz. Furthermore it comes in a tube/pump combination. Unfortunately I purchased this product (in the shade fair) on a recent trip to the United States, and have not found a way to purchase this easily. This is unfortunate, as I do like this product.

For those of you not familiar with CC creams, or "Color Correcting" creams, are designed to improve the look of skin such as reducing redness or even out skin tone. Although I cannot speak on the anti-aging properties as I have only been using this CC cream for a couple of months, I can however speak about the product as a foundation/base product.
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream


Although this CC cream is designed to be full coverage, it unfortunately falls short in this category. I have obtained my share of acne scares over the years as I am sure most people have, but it doesn't really cover them very well. It does however, do a great job of evening out my skin tone, and brightening up my appearance. I would rate this base product to be about a medium coverage. 

Furthermore, if you have oily skin, you will need a setting powder or spray, as my skin is oily, I do get shiny while I am wearing this (as I do with most), but it does last fairly well, and my blush does last well while wearing.

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream


Overall, I am not sure that I would repurchase this product anytime soon, especially since I would have to order online from the U.S. and it would be quite expensive. On the plus side, it is a really nice lightweight, summer base with a high SPF. So if you can find it somewhere near you, I would recommend giving it a try.

Have you tried this product yet? Do you have any CC creams that you would recommend?

7.10.2014

Getting Naked with Urban Decay

Urban Decay's Naked Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay's Naked Palette is the first in a series of 3, 12-pan eyeshadow palettes. The palette is mostly warm-toned, but also contains several cool shades. In Canada, this palette retails for about $63.00 and can be purchased at your local Sephora, or online. 

The palette contains 2 matte shadows, while the rest range from shimmer to glitter in appearance. Overall the shadows have great pigmentation, and are very smooth to the touch. Most of the shadows do not experience any fallout at all, but I have on occasion experienced some fallout from sidecar and virgin. The fallout from the shade virgin is barely noticeable and doesn't make a huge impact, but with sidecar it can tend to look like one has applied glitter to the tops of the cheekbones. However, this is quickly remedied by simply tapping off the excess product on the eyeshadow brush before applying it to the eye area. 

Urban Decay's Naked Swatches

Urban Decay's Naked Swatches



Unfortunately, the packaging of the product is a little bit lacklustre in my opinion. The palette is encased in a velvet exterior  with a magnetic closure, and gold lettering on the top half. Inside there is a mirror, as well as a slot for the eyeshadow brush that the palette comes with. In my opinion, this type of packaging is not ideal for a powder-based makeup product as it tends to attract dirt and look unkept very quickly. The mirror however is a good size and the brush is decent, compared to those that accompany most eyeshadow palettes. 

Urban Decay's Naked Eyeshadow Palette 


Palette Highlights: 

My favourites in the palette include: 

Toasted: A deep shimmery copper shade, perfect for all over the lid.
Naked: A shade that is exactly as it sounds; a matte nude colour, which I love to use as a transition shade.
Hustle: A slightly plum coloured chocolatey-brown satin shade, which I love using in the outer corner of my eye, as well as all over the lid. 

Overall, I love this palette, and use it on an almost-daily basis. There are a wide range of looks that can be created and with the warm-, cool-, and slightly more neutral/champagne-tones this is a palette that would work for almost anyone. 

Have you tried this palette? What are your thoughts on it? What are your favourite UD products?


6.23.2014

Liquid Dessert.


I certainly love a cup of tea, especially during the colder months. But there is one tea that I love to drink all year round. Why you ask? Because it is literally, like having dessert - wonderful, soothing liquid dessert!! Mmmm.

The tea in question is from Davids Tea, and is called Red Velvet Cake. Its a black tea, with hints of chocolate, white chocolate, sprinkles, and beetroot.

The flavor is quite rich, but not a sickly sweet one. You can drink it with milk, but I usually prefer to drink it without, as I drink most of my teas.

What are you are favourite tea flavours? :)

Thanks for reading!

Ashley








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