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Monday, November 14, 2011

Nail Designs

Nail art/designs have been blowing up lately, so I've been cautiously dabbling. There are some lots of great blogs out there (Something Polished is a fave) that I've been taking inspiration from. Don't fret if you don't have all the OPI's, or Essies that are showcased in blogs, or youtube channels. They are pretty expensive, and you can achieve the same looks with some cheaper polish alternatives.

Here are some of the nails I've been sporting over the last couple of weeks.

(Above) Glamour nail on the ring finger. Here I just took a pink glittery polish (Sally Hansen Xtreme wear, in Strobe Light), and layered it with a black crackle/shatter finish (Avon's Mosaic Effects)
(Above) This was inspired by a video from Lisa Eldridge's Youtube Channel. Modern French Nail, using Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro in Steel Grey as the base, and OPI's William Tell Me About OPI on the tips.

(Above) Essie's Pink Diamond as the base. A white polish on the ring finger, and I made the dots using the Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen, in Black.



Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Review: Formula 10.0.06 Deep Down Detox Ultra Cleansing Mud Mask

So I was perusing the skincase aisles in Walmart a few weeks ago, as I'm ought to do, and I stumbled upon the Formula 10.0.06 products. I had never heard of the brand before, but I decided to buy the Deep Down Detox mud mask and try it out. Long story short, this stuff is fantastic. It leaves my skin feeling so clean, fresh, and bright. I didn't get any burning sensation, as some reviews have said, so I cannot talk to that point. It didn't make me break out- on the contrary, it tended to help dry up any pimples on my face as well, so bonus.

You leave it on for 10 minutes, and then wipe it away with a wet cloth. You can do it 1-3 times a week. Bottle costs about $10 (Canadian, I'm sure it's cheaper in the US). I always follow it with my Bio-Oil (which I use nightly, anyways), and my skin looks super healthy in the morning.

I haven't tried anything else in their line yet, but I'm very tempted based on this product.


Monday, July 25, 2011

Chanel Poudre Cristalline

Never- at any time in her life- did Gabrielle Chanel imagine that luxury could have any purpose other than to make simplicity appear remarkable. (Edmonde Charles-Roux, Chanel and her World: Friends, Fashion, and Fame)

There so many things that you could say about Chanel, but this statement is the one that resonates so completely with the contemporary company. I just recently purchased Poudre Cristalline, a loose, translucent powder. Gorgeous, and finely milled with the tiniest hint of shimmer that translates beautifully when applied to your face. Do not fear the shimmer, ladies. You will not look like a disco ball. This powder lasts all day, and it did not affect my skin negatively at all. It is expensive, and there are cheaper alternatives, like MAC or MUFE, or even the Laura Mercier. But this feels luxurious on the skin, and I've had my eye on it for a while. So worth it, in my opinion.


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Review: Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm

I'll let you in on a little secret: I hate Burt's Bees lip products. I know I'm the only one. I tried to like them, I really did, but it's no use. I think they are expensive and overhyped. Thing is, that wouldn't even bother me if they actually helped my dry lips. But everytime I would use it, the dryness wouldn't get better (sometimes, it would even get worse). So I just gave up. Then the new tinted lip balm came out, and I decided to give it another go so I bought it in the shade 'Red Dhalia.' Well, it still doesn't help my dry lips, but I love the colour. Hmmm..

If you don't like lipsticks, love the burt's bees formula, and want something light for summer- then I see no reason to not get this. It is not long lasting- understandable since it's just a lip balm though. It comes in a bunch of different shades, and it's really buildable.


Review: Sally Hansen HD Nail Color

God, sometimes nail polishes are just awful. You see a great colour, get all excited to try it out and then it's so much work just to apply it. But then it dries, and it looks amazing. This is my dilemma with the Sally Hansen HD nail polishes. I just bought the shade 'DVD' because it looks cool in the bottle. Bluey-purple, with loads of shimmer. I used a base coat, and then had to use 5 coats just to get the colour to look right!!! Plus the top coat, that brings the total coat count to 7. That's ridiculous. But you know what? It looks unreal on my nails. The colour changes from blue to purple depending on how I move my finger. Pretty cool, but such a pain! If you're lazy like me- not worth it.


Review: mark and AVON galore

AVON and mark are great. They are affordable, and if you choose right- pretty good quality. Admittedly, sometimes it's hit or miss, but there have been increasingly less misses for me. I just bought two AVON Ultra Color Rich Lipsticks (in Poppy Love, and Wineberry), mark bronzing powder (in Bronze Pro), mark just pinched instant blush tint (in Peachy). Swatches below!

The lipsticks: Poppy Love is a bright red-orange, great for summer and tanned skin. It's not sheer at all, so take that into consideration. Wineberry looks exactly how it sounds: wine coloured. This one is a bit more sheer, but also buildable. If you saw and fell in love with Emma Watson's recent Vogue cover but you're unsure of how to make it wearable- buy this colour. Both have good pigmentation, but aren't super long lasting- expect to touch this up, especially if you're eating, or going out.

Bronzing powder: Lovely, matte, brown bronzer. Hardly anything negative to say, really. Absolutely no orange in it at all, and no shimmer. Cost about $10. Win-Win.

Blush tint: Least favourite of the bunch, but still not bad. It goes on really nicely, and blends pretty decently. However, it doesn't last very long on the skin- it defintely needs to be set with a powder.

(from left to right) 1. Poppy Love 2. Wineberry 3. Bronze Pro 4. Peachy



Review: Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick

Hello all,

This recent purchase of mine has just been begging for a review, because it's just so completely, and utterly fantastic. I was feeling a little risky, and bought number 73: Scarlet Siren, and I'm thrilled about the purchase. It's a very vibrant red, more so on the pink side rather than orange. The pigmentation is unreal, with one swipe, you're set. And guess what, it says its long lasting on the package- and they aren't lying. I wore this through dinner, and it didn't wear off. Considering it's a red lipstick, that's a pretty amazing feat. Moisturizing, and totally luxurious on the lips. It also comes in a bunch of other gorgeous colours, so fear not. It's a splurge, I will admit. So instead of buying two or three cheap lipsticks that make your lips feel like crap, buy just this one. You won't regret it. Swatch below!



Monday, June 20, 2011

Rescue Your Dry Hair

Having just returned from five weeks in Europe, my hair and body are slowly returning to normal. Travelling through three different time zones, and climates can really affect your skin and hair. Mine weren't an exception. When we hit Greece, my hair was just not down. The salt air just made it feel super gross, and dry to touch. Not the grecian goddess look I was going for. One day we hit up a pharmacy, and like a shining beacon of hope, we saw it- Korres.

If you have thick, curly/wavy hair, then chances are it dries out pretty quickly. It's a daily chore to keep it hydrated and looking healthy. That's why I have to recommend the Acacia Milk Conditioner from Korres. It really helped my hair in combatting all the different elements, while keeping it hydrated. Also a plus- it smells heavenly. If you have dry hair and can get ahold of this product, do yourself a favour and get it!!


Monday, April 25, 2011

Review of Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream

Alright everyone, get out your shopping lists.  Pull out a pen.  Scrawl your bullet point/dash/star and beside it write "elizabeth arden 8 hour cream"

You need this product.  It looks like this:

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream - Fab. 

This cream has a thick, jelly-like consistency.  It has a wonderful, herbal smell.  It is full of things that are good for your skin (though in no way is it one of those "organic" type products").  I use it on my lips, and cuticles.  I also use it on my cheeks when they are very dry in the winter.  It is the BEST cream I have ever used.  I has cured my dry lips.  And my cheeks glow after using this stuff.  My cuticles look great, too.  Plus, the tube seems to last forever. 

Go, now, run. 



Sunday, April 24, 2011

MAC Face and Body Foundation

MAC Face and Body Foundation. This is one product that I've been thinking about for ages. I am constantly going back and forth in my head, trying to decide if I should get it. Don't get me wrong, I do this with a lot of my makeup purchases..but I've literally been contemplating this one for months. Finally, the other day, I went into my MAC store and got a tester in the shade N2 (so depressing- I hate winter!). Clara and I are going away to Europe for five weeks in May, so I really wanted a nice light foundation for the trip. During the winter I had been using my MUFE HD Foundation, but it is a lot of coverage. Normally thats great for me, because I've had issues with my skin, but I wanted less coverage for the summer months. I also didn't want a matte look. Having said that, my biggest hesitation was that Face and Body would be too sheer.

I know I'm not alone in this, I don't have perfect skin and I often gravitate towards heavier coverage foundations to cover up my imperfections(acne scars, occasional pimples, etc). And you know what? MUFE HD was amazing for that. I cannot stress how great that foundation is if you need a long lasting, full coverage foundation that doesn't look cakey.

Anyways, I tried Face and Body. And surprise, surprise, it is very sheer (even with a moisturizer and primer underneath). BUT, that isn't necessarily a bad thing, because:
1) It didn't wipe out all colour from my face, so I didn't have to load up on bronzer and blush just to leave the house.
2) My skin looked so dewey, and since I don't have oily skin, this was a huge bonus.
3) It looked very natural- to the point that I'd forget I had makeup on during the day.

Now, it being so sheer means I had to spend a little more time with my concealer. This could be good or bad, depending on how much work you want to put in your daily makeup, or how much you need to be covering up. In my opinion, having a light foundation, with more concealer over certain areas, gives off a much nicer finish rather than having a thick layer of foundation all over the face. But of course, I'm only going off my own experience.

At 120 mL for $32.50, the price is pretty good as well. I think its pretty safe to say, I've found my summer foundation.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Spring 2011 Trend: Red Lips

Red lips go in and out of style like no other fashion accessory. They have been replaced by bright pinks, nudes, corals, plums etc etc. But spring 2011 is pointing towards its comeback. Oftentimes, matched with bright lids (especially blue), this is one look I know I'll be trying out.

Jean Paul Gaultier Runway- Spring 2011 Couture

Crystal Renn (in such an awkward pose)- Mexican Vogue April 2011

Christian Dior Runway- Spring 2011 Couture (my fave look- that dress!!! *swoon*)

Frida Gustavsson- Chinese Vogue May 2011 (the blue on the eye and red look so stunning here)

Rihanna (channelling her inner Mermaid)- US Vogue April 2011

Kristina Salinovic- Italian Vogue April 2011

I think all of these looks have successfuly avoided the 'pin-up' references that usually come with strong red lips and porcelain skin. And whats more..all different hair colours, and skin tones working with fresh red lips! No one has an excuse to not try this trend.


Monday, April 4, 2011

Gel Eyeliner- The Basics

Friends, the days of liquid eyeliner have passed, and we are in the age of the gel liner. It's everywhere you look, and every brand seems to claim to having the 'best' one. And its not enough to get a good gel liner, you also need the right BRUSH. Sick of trolling youtube for reviews on every liner out there? I've put the best in a list! Much more helpful right?

I think I've covered a good price range of liners here, and these are the best ones that I have used.

1) Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner- This product is great if you are just testing out the waters with gel liner, and don't want to spend 20+ dollars on your first pot. Its cheap, and it even comes with a brush (which I actually don't like too much- but it isn't awful, which is saying a lot). It comes in 4 shades, and you can buy this at any drugstore, Wal-Mart, or whatever for under $10. It is indeed long lasting, not the smoothest texture (but far from bad), and dries quite quickly. I will say, if you make a mistake and need to clean up your line, it is so hard to do so with this liner without making a bigger mess.

2) Clinique Brush On Cream Liner- My personal favourite of the bunch. Pricier than the Maybelline, but honestly not by that much. This goes on beautifully, such a smooth texture. It makes drawing your line so easy. It does not dry out in the container, lasts long on the eyes, and just great to work with. There isn't really anything bad I can say about this product. Also comes in 4 different colours.

3) MAC Fluidline- Another popular product- I don't own it, but I hear about this all the time. Comes in 6 shades, and goes on silky smooth. Comparable to the Clinique liner. Although, I have been told that if you have oily eyelids, you will need a base underneath (which I don't find to be true with Clinique), or it might smudge- not a good look for anyone.

4) Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner- Coming in at $21, this is the most expensive liner so far, but I've heard nothing but good things. It also comes in the most number of shades (8). Although, I'm not sure that its any better than Clinique or MAC- I don't think I would pay the extra $$ unless I wanted a specific colour.

Lastly, when you're looking at liner brushes, I would recommend a fine brush, especially if you don't have much experience with gel eyeliner. You can keep the line thin and simple, or go for thick and dramatic with any one of the following brushes:
MAC 209/210, Sigma E05, Quo Angled Eyeliner Brush, Louise Young LY23-25, Sephora #17 and Becca #6.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Spring is just another excuse for new perfume: Dolce&Gabbana's Rose The One.

The sun is shining, and its quite lovely outside. That is, if you don't take into consideration the fact that its only 2 degrees, and probably bloody cold. But, there isn't any snow! So, to celebrate the joyous oncoming of spring, I thought I'd share with you my thoughts on my current favourite perfume- Dolce&Gabbana's Rose The One.

This is the loveliest perfume. And its just screams 'Spring.' As you can tell by the name, its a rosy scent, but its not overpowering like other floral or rose based perfumes. No no no, my friends, this is light but distinct, and it -literally- makes me happy when I wear it. I get compliments whenever I wear it (no matter that sometimes they come from creepy car wash attendants). For some reason, I rarely see this perfume advertised, which is a shame because its gorgeous and unique. So if you're buying a new perfume this spring, don't count this one out.


PS. Scarlett Johansson is the spokesperson for the perfume, and that should count for something, right? (Well, probably not, because most people don't have my girl crush on ScarJo)

Monday, March 28, 2011

MAC lipstick: sophisto - just so damn sophisticated

mac sophisto....the perfect darker shade.  Universally flattering, sheer, and shot-through with a heartening gold shimmer.  Ahhhh yes. 

sophisto - swatched

Sophisto reminds me sitting by a warm fireside in winter drinking hot coco in your chunky knit sweater. I also picture high-powered lawyer ladies wearing this to the office....have I gone too far?  It's not a "lazy" shade mind you (like Syrup - more on that later).  You DO need to put on some concealer with this one, and don't forget your bronzer/blush.  Mainly, if you're wearing sophisto in winter (which you probably are, as there is some rule which says winter = dark lipstick) you are probably paler than you'd like to be.  A dark lipstick won't help you unless you help it - by brightening up your face with some sort of cheek product. 

mac sophisto

You wouldn't toss this on for a day spent in sweats.  No no, my friend.  Don't mistreat sophisto that way.  Sophisto is what I like to wear when I want to feel grown-up, competent and dare I say

mac sophisto swatched
 How grown-up am I in this swatch, with my friend's starbucks order written on my hand!? Probably not a sophisto today, if I'm being honest. 

I like this lipstick - it's a mac luster so it feels creamy.  I would wear it everyday if I weren't a humble philosophy student.  If you want to feel put together and draw a little attention to your lips you just can't go wrong here.  I like. 

cheers everyone,

Clara xx

MAC angel Lipstick - a review

People love this lipstick.  Ever since a certain Kim K. sang its praises angel has developed a cult following.  Tanya Burr of pixi2woo has also had some good things to say.  I bought it without being aware of any of this.  Tried it on in the mac store and thought, yep, come into my world little one.

mac angel

Angel is a frost lipstick, and yes, it is frosty.  But not aggressively so.  It feels creamy on the lips, but is not hydrating. In winter I wear Elizabeth Arden's 8 hour cream underneath.  If you do not already own EA 8 hour cream run now and purchase it.  Seriously.  The colour is often reported as a "neutral pink" but to my eye it is a light pink that will look aggressive if you aren't careful.  So be advised, if you are seriously tanned and rocking some heavy makeup, angel will not "tone down" your look as you might expect a neutral pink would do.

No, my friend.  You will edge ever closer to Snooki-dom.  Which, if you're going for it well hey - you go, girl. 

mac angel

People tend to treat angel like it is a neutral shade and pair it with all kinds of bold make up.  Now, in the opinion of this self-professed classic-preppy individual, toss on some tinted moisturizer and concealer, hit the bronzer and the mascara and then toss a bit of angel on.  You're set.  Step away from your brow pencil/highlighter/aggressive blush etc.........

mac angel, swatched

my final thoughts on angel?  Personally, I would say skip it.  I know........blasphemy.  But realistically, there are more neutral pinks out there that are a little darker and much less prone to rendering you a Miami granny with that leathery skin and light know the kind I mean.

cheers everyone, xx clara

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Top 5 MAC Eyeshadows

MAC eyeshadows are incredibly popular, and you hear about them just about everywhere these days- especially in makeup tutorials on youtube. If you're just starting to get into the world of makeup, it can be a little overwhelming. For the majority of people, its just not practical (or necessary) to buy every colour out there. So, if you're like me, you like to consult lots of 'Top (insert number here) Lists" It helps to narrow things down, since you will probably see at least a couple that recur from list to list. Plus, you can see which ones have good colour payoff, etc.

Anyways, on to the list of my favourite MAC eyeshadows* (so far, and in no particular order):

1. Shadow Lady (Matte): I like this colour because its great to use in a smoky eye instead of black. It's dark, but not as dark as black, so it instantly softens any smoky eye look I create. Because it's matte, it does not compete with any shimmery shades on the eye. Very versatile, and if you wet your brush- its a great liner colour as well!

2. Mythology (Lustre): This is definitely not a shadow I use everyday- its one I'll bring out if I'm feeling like something fun on the eyes. It's a high shimmer, pinky with a copper undertones. This is the colour on the list that I use the least. Not because I don't like it, but because its not a colour I can wear everyday to work or school. I have brown eyes, but I think this would look amazing on blue eyes.

3. Satin Taupe (Frost): This is another super shimmery colour, but in a shade that's much easier to wear any day. I particularly like this shadow because its very versatile, you can wear it solo during the day or really dress it up for an evening look. Tremendous colour pay off. Blends beautifully into most colours. I really love putting this colour under the eyes- looks great. (Side note, it looks almost bronzy in the picture, but there is absolutely none of that in the actual shade)
4. Retrospeck (Lustre): The newest addition to my makeup collection, but one I'm already using every day. I cannot say enough good things about this shade. Its like a soft yellowy gold colour, with shimmer- but it is not very shiny or sparkly. Very wearable. I'm currently loving just putting this all over the lid, with some gel liner and mascara. Simple, yet gorgeous.
5. Club (Satin): Last, but certainly not least. One of the coolest colours MAC has to offer, in my opinion. The colour is very hard to describe- its like a greyish green, with reddish brown undertones that become apparent when you blend the colour out. I've seen this on blue, green, hazel, and brown eyes- all with gorgeous results. I can't imagine this not looking good on anyone.

** I've excluded pigments,reflects powders, cream shadows, and shades that come exclusive to certain collections (ex. Jeanius, Wonder Woman, Champale, Tartan Tale, etc). These are the most common eye shadows used, and some of the shades in collections are limited edition, which isn't much use to anyone if they're not sold anymore.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Review and Comparison: NARS Orgasm: The Multiple vs Powder Blush

NARS Powder Blush in Orgasm is an incredibly popular colour, and with good reason. A shimmery, pinky-peach blush with gold undertones, it is pretty flattering on most skin tones. It retails for about $27-29 (depending on where you live). Its long been a staple of my own makeup collection. But the other day I picked up 'The Multiple' by NARS. Touted as an 'all-in-one,' it is supposed to work on lips, cheeks, eyes, and even your body. Although, I'm not sure where on your body its meant to go. That may be stretching it. Anyways, its a cream-to-matte formula, and it comes in a big stick. It retails for $39-46. I figured I would check it out and do a comparison of it with the powder blush in Orgasm-which is better for your money?

I took a picture of the two products (above), to give an accurate portrayal of the colours. They look pretty similar when they are in the packaging, but then I did a swatch on my hands and they're actually pretty different.

Top: The Multiple. Bottom: Powder Blush

As you can tell the powder blush is much more peachy-gold, whereas the Multiple has a stronger pink tone. But, when they go on, they do look quite similar. Pretty strange, actually.

Anyways, there's no need to go on and on..realistically, both are fabulous products. If I had to pick though, I would go with the Multiple. The fact that it is cream alone, makes it a more lucrative product (for me). The colour pay-off is unreal, and I'm not exaggerating here, it goes on like butter. It blends perfectly with your skin, so it doesn't just sit on top like a powder blush. As well, the fact that you can use it on your lips and eyes is a bonus as well. I guess if you had oily skin, maybe the powder would be a better option. I just really love the feel and look of a cream blush. It's also more expensive, BUT with the Multiple you get .50 oz and with the powder blush its .16 oz, so there you go.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Review: Smashbox Photo Finish Lipstick

Ah, the nude lipstick.

We see it looking fabulous in magazines, on celebrities, and models. Yet, it's damn near impossible to find one that works- doesn't wash you out, isn't too pink, isn't too brown, not chalky, etc. Like a lot of people, I've been on the hunt for the perfect nude lipstick. That's why when I went into Sephora, I was sure I had hit the jackpot with the Smahsbox Photo Finish with Sila Silk Technology Lipstick in Charming. Described as a nude pink, it retails for $22.

Here's what Smashbox says about the product:

The decadent, smooth feel of Smashbox's Photo Finish Foundation Primer has now been infused into a lipstick! The smooth glide, plush cushion, and Smashbox's exclusive Sila-Silk™ Technology offer innovation that makes this lipstick silkier, smoother, longer-wearing, and more moisture-rich than any you've tried before.

Were they right? Well, yes and no. While it is true that the lipstick is quite creamy and silky on the lips, it is NOT long lasting by any stretch of the imagination. Further, I find it interesting that the description does not mention anything about the colour pigmentation. Because, let me tell you, the pay off here is not that great. I have to put loads on, just to get any colour on the lips. I like my nudes to be a bit sheer, but this was just ridiculous. Further, even when I put all the lipstick on, I still needed to put a gloss on top to make it look good. I would definitely call this more of a natural nude, in that it mostly just looks like your own lips- you can barely tell that there's any product on. There's nine other colours in this lipstick, but I can't really comment on their quality. Keep reading for some pictures!

Final verdict: SKIP. For $22, this lipstick is just not up to par. And so, I continue my search...

Standard packaging. Note that I've used a lot of it- I really tried to like this lipstick, but its honestly so much of a hassle for a so-so final effect that doesn't even last that long.

Hand swatch. This was about 5 or 6 swipes.

This is the colour on its own. Little to no difference from my natural lip colour.

Here it is paired with the Elizabeth Arden High Shine Lip Gloss, which by the way, is an amazing product.


Monday, February 7, 2011

Laura Mercier Hydra Tint Review

Oh winter.  You are a cold, dark  visitor aren't you?  At this time of year my lips always get SO DRY.  We are talking cracked and bleeding here people.  This leads me to become a lip balm junkie.  In my quest to find a fun and effective lip balm I stumbled across LAURA MERCIER's hydratint.  I purchased in the colour CRIMSON.  Here is an image:

Hydra Tint SPF 15

This baby cost me $23 CDN at Sephora. But was it worth it?

Really, really not.

Essentially, there are 3 problems with this lip balm. First, it smears everywhere, getting it's (admittedly rich and beautiful) pigment all over your face.  I have little lips and having them ringed in smeary red lip balm is not a good look. Second, it is expensive. Nivea puts out some tinted balms for under $5 CDN. I'm looking into those after this puppy runs out.  Third, if I'm being honest, it is no more moisturizing than a lip gloss.  Whilst it felt like it sealed my lips (in a waxy sort of way) it did not feel "healing".  I have seen zero improvement in my lips since using hydratint.  It keeps your lips at their pre-existing condition.  Perhaps (if I'm being generous) halting further drying.  But in my opinion, many a drugstore lipgloss can do that just as effectively.  

Not an essential by any stretch of the imagination. I'd say skip this.

Here I am wearing LM's hydratint.  Isn't it a pretty colour?  If only it didn't suck so much...
Laura Mercier Hydra Tint - Crimson

Cheers everyone xx


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Review: Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick

There's a big snowstorm raging outside right now, so why not another lipstick review! Today is the Make Up For Ever (MUFE) Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in the colour 9, pearly fuscia. It retails for $19 (Canadian).

Here's how MUFE describes the product:

ROUGE ARTIST INTENSE is a lipstick saturated with pigments for an intense result. Available in 50 different shades and 3 different finishes, it will suit your everyday mood. Natural or sexy, ROUGE ARTIST INTENSE will last all day and leave your lips soft and moisturized.

I will note, though, that the colour I chose is a very bright, bold pink. Not an everyday lipstick, unless that is your thing. For methough, its more for nights out, when I'm feeling like wearing some statement lipstick. Like the blurb above says, however, it is available in 50 shades so you can definetly pick it up in a more wearable colour. I will say then, that is a FABULOUS lipstick. I am in love with the colour, because it gives me the pop I need, without having to wear a red lip. I think this shade of pink is a lot more modern than a red- which reminds me more of pin-up than anything else. I have dark brown hair, so it really set off the colour nicely.

Enough about the colour, the lipstick itself is pretty great. The colour pay off is tremendous. In just one swipe you get loads of colour, and is easily buildable. Also, the longevity is well above average. I wore this to a wedding, and the colour lasted all night and did not really need that much touching up after dinner. I did line my lips though, so that may have had something to do with it, but I'm pretty sure that it would last regardless. Its incredibly moisturizing, and because of its pearly finish it has a nice shimmer to it, so I was able to wear it without lip gloss. I haven't tried the other finishes (matte and satin), so I can't speak to those. The only downside to this product is the price, at $19, its more expensive than a MAC lipstick. However, thats the only downside, in my opinion. Keep reading for pictures!

Final verdict: Considering the price, and the fact that I probably won't wear this colour very often. I would call this a SPLURGE. So, if you have the money to spend on a fun colour, than I would recommend this lipstick. Saying that, if you're on a budget, you can most likely find something comparable in a lower price range.


Packaging is pretty standard, but the lid closes quite tightly- won't come off in your purse!

Swatch- fantastic colour payoff!

Here it is on. It is pretty bold (for me, anyways), so I paired it with very light makeup on the eyes- just some eyeliner, and fake eyelashes. I also didn't pack on the makeup on my face, I tried to make it look as natural, and dewy as possible. I used cream blush, and just enough bronzer to add some colour (I didn't contour that much). Don't cake on that powder!

Hope that helps! Have a great day :)

Monday, January 31, 2011

Review: AVON Smooth Minerals Lipstick

I have long been a fan of AVON, as they are quite inexpensive with (usually) pretty good cosmetics. Any chance I have to save some money while looking fabulous is a plus in my books. However, it's disappointing to spend any amount of money and get a bad product in return. So, its always good to be informed on what you're buying before you take out your credit card. On that note, here is a review of the AVON Smooth Minerals Lipstick in the shade Apricot Glow. It retails for about $4.99.

I really do love this lipstick, it is a gorgeous peachy pink colour that is NOT coral. It's a bright colour that I think will work great in all seasons, and on most skin tones. It has a lot of pigmentation, so the colour payoff is great. Your first swipe will be very sheer, but the colour builds up quite quickly. It has lots of shimmer, but is not overpowering. As a result, I found that I didn't need to wear it with a gloss, but it can be if such is your preference. It isn't the longest wearing lipstick, but it isn't too bad. If you're going out to dinner, you will probably have to touch it up afterwards. On the positive, I found it incredibly moisturizing. It did not dry out my lips at all, which is such a relief in this harsh winter. Lastly, I would advise to be careful when looking at the catalogue, because the colours don't always match what you get in real life. However, AVON also offers it in 9 other colours, in case Apricot Glow isn't your thing. Keep reading for some pictures of the lipstick in action!

Final verdict: I definitely consider this to be a new STAPLE of mine, especially with the price, but its also such a pretty colour! A product you should definitely pick up.

Here are some pictures

Here is the lipstick itself. Packaging isn't anything special, but that really doesn't make a difference to me, personally. I will say, however, that the lid stays on really well. You should note the difference in colour from the AVON stock photo I have at the beginning of the post (which is what appears in the catalogue and online). It definitely has more of a peachy tone to it that does not appear in AVON's imagery of the lipstick.

Here is just a swatch on my hand.

And here it is on. This may look a little coral in the picture, but I really couldn't get the colour settings right on my camera. But, this is pretty close and I did layer it on to get the most color on there. If you want less colour, just apply less lipstick! (also, please excuse my chapped lips- I do live in Canada, and its January haha)

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Hope that was helpful!