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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.